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theschoolboards
11-09-2010, 04:02 PM
This from SF BOE member Rachel Norton's blog (http://rachelnorton.com/2010/11/09/recap-student-assignment-committee/):
Tonight’s student assignment committee meeting was packed with information and updates (http://rachelnorton.com/2010/11/08/key-agenda-for-student-assignment-committee/) — so much that I can’t possibly convey all of the detail. If you are deeply interested in one of the items below, click here (http://sanfrancisco.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=47) to watch streaming video of the meeting when it is posted (usually within 24 hours after a meeting ends). And for those of you interested in special education assignment and inclusion, skip to the end (of the video AND this post — sorry, I buried the lede (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lede)).

First item: details on the district’s plans to monitor the outcomes of the new assignment system. The staff discussed a detailed 6-page draft report on all the questions it plans to explore going forward. The first annual report of assignment system outcomes will be presented to the Board in January 2012, after we have one year of data compiled and analyzed. Questions to be assessed, along with suggested variables to evaluate, include:

How does the diversity (race/ethnicity, special education, English proficiency, and achievement) of the student population in schools change over time? Does this diversity vary by neighborhood or school characteristics? How does the diversity of students who requested schools compare to the diversity of students who were assigned to those schools?
How many families got assigned to one of their choices/their first choice/one of their top three choices? Do choice outcomes vary by neighborhood or family characteristics? Do choice outcomes vary by request patterns?
What do families/students consider when choosing schools? What kinds of information do they have/not have?
Do attendance area schools have the capacity to accommodate the kindergarten students living in the attendance area? Does this vary by neighborhood? Do kindergarten applicants choose their attendance area school? What percentage of kindergarten students get assigned to their attendance area school, and how does this vary by neighborhood?
What are the diversity characteristics of applicants who live in CTIP1?What schools are requested by applicants who live in CTIP1 — attendance area school, citywide school, or a school in a different attendance area?
How would the diversity of schools change and how would choice outcomes change if: no more than 20% of students assigned to K, 6 or 9th grades for any school could live in CTIP1? If the CTIP1 tie breaker were ranked above the sibling tie-breaker? If the CTIP1 tie breaker were ranked below attendance area? If 60% of attendance area seats were reserved for students who live in the attendance area?

read more>> (http://rachelnorton.com/2010/11/09/recap-student-assignment-committee/)