quick Schools of Choice update

re: http://www.champaignschools.org/news-room/article/3921

Parents of incoming kindergarten students who registered during the month of March should receive their kindergarten assignment in the next few days, as letters were mailed the evening of April 26. This year, 85.0% of students who registered received their first choice assignment.*
While last year’s kindergarten class was the largest in Unit 4 history topping out over 860 students, kindergarten registration for 2013-2014 is on track to meet this year’s projection of 800 kindergarten students. In anticipation of the projected enrollment for next year’s Kindergarten classes, three bubble classrooms have been added Bottenfield, Barkstall, and Carrie Busey. These classrooms have been added in order to avoid exceeding the District’s classroom capacity, set for 2013-2014 at 23 students.

This year, 94.2% of all students registered received one of their top five choices.** Family Information Center staff members are contacting families of the 42 students who did not receive one of their top five choices. They will continue to work with these families so that each child may be assigned a seat as soon as possible and those families are offered seats on the waitlists at each of their top five schools should a seat become available.

Schools of Controlled Choice – Historical Assignment Statistics

Percent Receiving First Choice Assignment*
09-10 – 84.2% received their first choice assignment
10-11 – 78.3% received their first choice assignment
11-12 – 85.4% received their first choice assignment
12-13 – 89.1% received their first choice assignment
13-14 – 85.0% received their first choice assignment

Percent Receiving One of Top Five Choices**
09-10 – 91.9% received an assignment
10-11 – 92% received an assignment
11-12 – 95.4% received an assignment
12-13 – 95.4% received an assignment
13-14 – 94.2% received an assignment


I have requested the full suite of SoC data (as in previous years). I have also asked for an update on the SoC RFP. I am curious why the percentage of folks being unassigned went up slightly.

6 Responses to “quick Schools of Choice update”

  1. Robert E. DeAtley Says:

    The entire schools of choice process is such a sad, sad process.

  2. pattsi Says:

    Just to let you know that it is not only educators who are interested in school choice methods, but also are urban planners. Here is a posting dated 26 April on PLANET, the academic urban planning listserv.

    “Dear PLANET,
    The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy has commissioned us to prepare a paper on the Transport Costs of School Choice (abstract below). Most of work will focus on our research from St. Paul, but we are very interested in learning about other work; it can span the gamut from hard core research to anecdote and include all aspects of how school choice incurs various transport costs to school districts, families or other (note: this is not necessarily about how to get more children bicycling and walking to school; that is a different set of issues). Assessing and measuring the broad transport costs of school choice is a relatively new topic so very little is out there. If you know of leads, please let us know. Thanks”

    In addition during the 5 day national American Planning Association conference, there was a session on school choice. The focus mainly has to do with what school choice does to the demographic distribution, urban design, and skewing of sprawl. In other words, these two words, school choice, have extensive ramifications that are rarely part of the community conversation during decision making.

  3. G. David Frye Says:

    “I am curious why the percentage of folks being unassigned went up slightly.”

    I think you can see the reason in the dramatic increase last year of students who received their first choice. Since the district had to create bubble classrooms to support the unusually large kindergarten class, I imagine they tried to put those classrooms in schools that were more families’ first choice.

    From my memory of the process, I wasn’t much interested in anything past the first couple of choices. It would be more useful to know the percentage of families that received their first or second choice. It would also be helpful to know which schools were more requested.

  4. Karen Says:

    What ‘diversity metrics’ were used this year and how were each weighted in the school placement process? We need complete transparency with Mr. Alves methods in this respect. Does anybody feel that the ‘theme’ of their elementary school made any lasting impression once their kids graduated elementary school? There isn’t really continuity of these ‘themes,’ is there (in terms of how the curriculum is delivered beyond elementary–not sure about IB, though)? How about all elementary schools offer the same stuff/gestalt. Get the basics down (reading, writing, math, grammar!<<controversial, but, no time to get into it right now). Don't be afraid of 'tracking' so kids can get what they really need. Let the bashing begin 🙂 .

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