Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Denver, New Orleans Offer Lessons on Streamlining Enrollment Between Sectors

An excerpt of the article by Arianna Prothero:

New systems to streamline enrollment between district and charter schools have addressed some problems parents faced as more school options have entered the market. On the other hand, some issues persist and others have been created with the advent of unified enrollment systems, according to a new report from [CRPE].
The study found that common enrollment systems simplified unruly processes that often confused parents. Prior to these systems, parents or guardians would have to juggle multiple school enrollment deadlines and application forms—some of which could be quite complex.

It's also much harder for some to game the system—for example, reserving a spot for a well-connected parent—when the process is standardized and computerized.
Read the full article.