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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

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)13

  • Portions of districts (n=4)31

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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