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Re-conceptualizing Equity Through Promoting Choice: Findings from Federal Evaluations Examining Four Choice Programs. American Educational Research Association 2004 Annual Meeting April 12, 2004, San Diego, California. Voluntary Public School Choice Program (VPSC). Robert K. Yin and Dawn Kim

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Re-conceptualizing Equity Through Promoting Choice: Findings from Federal Evaluations Examining Four Choice Programs

American Educational Research Association

2004 Annual Meeting

April 12, 2004, San Diego, California

voluntary public school choice program vpsc
Voluntary Public School Choice Program (VPSC)

Robert K. Yin and Dawn Kim

COSMOS Corporation

location of 13 vpsc grantees

Rockford

Monadnock

Minneapolis

Chicago

New Haven

Portland

Greenburgh

Desert Sands

Albany/Buffalo

Arkansas

Miami-Dade

Hillsborough County

Florida

Location of 13 VPSC Grantees

VPSC

topics and methods covered by the national evaluation
Topics and Methods Covered by the National Evaluation
  • VPSC interventions

— characteristics

— promotion of equity and excellence

— possible models for other sites

  • Concurrent academic achievement trends

at VPSC and comparison sites

  • Use of multiple data sources:

— grantee applications

— grantee performance reports

— site visits and school surveys

VPSC

design of the 13 vpsc interventions
Design of the 13 VPSC Interventions

Grade Levels

K-7 or

K-5K-8K-126-12

  • Statewide (n=1) 1
  • Multiple school districts (n=4) 121
  • Single, whole districts (n=4) 1 3
  • Portions of districts (n=4) 3 1

VPSC

start up of student participation in vpsc interventions 2002 2003
Start-up of Student Participation in VPSC Interventions (2002-2003)

Number of Students

Participating in 2002-03

Arkansas — 415

Desert Sands, CA — 37

Minneapolis, MN — 1,079

Monadnock, NH — 41

New Haven, CT — 501

Rockford, IL — 80

Year Site Will Start

Student Participation

Albany/Buffalo, NY (2006-07)

Chicago, IL (2003-04)

Florida (2003-04)

Greenburgh, NY (2003-04)

Hillsborough, FL (2004-05)

Miami-Dade, FL (2003-04)

Portland, OR (2003-04)

VPSC

augmenting educational programs of choice and outreach to parents
Augmenting Educational Programs of Choice and Outreach to Parents
  • Illustrative educational programs:

— Environmental — Math and Science

Studies (K-12) Magnet (K-8)

— International — World Language

Baccalaureate (9-12) Institute (9-12)

— Performing, Visual — Odyssey Program

Arts, Communications (history-themed

Magnet (K-5) program) (K-8)

  • Public education campaigns

VPSC

role of parents
Role of Parents
  • Parent surveys
  • Parent involvement in VPSC planning
  • Parent information centers
  • Parent involvement in school programs or activities

VPSC

variations in student assignment and selection
Variations in Student Assignment (and Selection)
  • Transfer:

— Transfers from low-performing to high-performing schools

— Defined pools of sending and receiving schools

  • Open enrollment:

— All schools in district open to all students

— Within schools, all educational programs open to all students

  • Non-Transfer:

— New programs within existing schools

VPSC

challenges to implementation
Challenges to Implementation
  • Professional development for teachers
  • Student transportation
  • Other choice options at all sites (e.g., magnets, charters, and NCLB Title I choice)
  • Equity: mainly defined as having more choices

— Initial student orientation efforts

— Tuition (and proportion of student) transfers

VPSC

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