Registration 2013

A visitor to this blogged asked about the 2012 school assignment data, so I cleaned it up and got most of it working. I also responded to someone on who just asked about registration. To top it off, Unit 4 put out there annual schedule of Choice Community Forums:

  • Thursday, January 24, 2013 6:00 p.m. Stratton Elementary – 902 N. Randolph Street – Champaign
  • Tuesday, February 5, 2013 6:00 p.m. Carrie Busey Elementary – 304 Prairie Rose Lane – Savoy
  • Tuesday, February 19, 2013 6:00 p.m. Temple Baptist Church – 1100 Broadmoor Drive – Champaign

Here are the visualizations I did of the “overchosen” schools, or basically, which schools folks selected for which choices (you get a grand total of 5 choices):


The one the left is from 2011, the one in the center is 2012. A quick glance shows a very common trend (which has persisted for the past 4 years that I have been collecting data), with a very minor “flattening” effect in 2012 (just slightly more diversification). One interesting thing that popped up in 2012 is that Carrie Busey jumped up two spots while Barkstall dropped 3. I also added an “adjusted” graph to the right which shows how the magnet registration (done in February, prior to the March 2012 registration) affected the popularity of the schools. As you can see, the magnet registration pretty much filled up each of the three magnet schools (Garden Hills, Stratton and BTW aka Washington).

On November 7th (and December 7th and January 4th) I followed up with the district administration and the Board about Dr. Susan Zola’s proposed Choice recommendations. I am still waiting to hear back. I reiterated the need to go back to the four local software companies I identified last year in an effort to completely rework the Choice RFP. While this is a big deal to me, I am wondering if anyone else even cares. 🙂

2 Responses to “Registration 2013”

  1. charlesdschultz Says:

    Speaking of Chambanamoms, they put up their own post about the Unit 4 announcement:

  2. charlesdschultz Says:

    Talked to Dr. Susan Zola this afternoon; she gave me a few updates, but at this point not much I can show to anyone else. Dr. Alves is putting on the final touches of his new online registration software and should be ready soon. The District is not at a point where they can move forward with drawing up a new RFP due to all the changes (new board members, need to find a new lawyer, Barb Ramsay leaving, etc). Dr. Zola is meeting with several folks to go over Choice on Wednesday morning. Also, there is indeed a Choice Task Force comprised of administrators and parents that met last Spring and formed the Policy change recommendations that recently went through (combine Magnet and normal registrations, get rid of the waitlist freeze), in addition to the recommendation that did not go through (consolidate “Proximity” to your closest school). I asked to whom I should send suggestions, and Dr. Zola indicated that she will be the Point of Contact (POC).

    Just in case you missed it the first time, school tours start THIS WEDNESDAY. There is another day for school tours on Jan 16th (next Wednesday).

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