ERIC Number: ED344342
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Controlled Choice: An Alternative School Choice Plan. ERIC Digest, Number 70.
Controlled school choice attempts to provide choice while maintaining ethnic and racial integration. The following elements are found in most controlled-choice plans: (1) any program that is successful in one zone must be replicated in all the other zones; (2) parent information centers are available to help parents make educated choices; (3) low-performing and unpopular schools are assisted in their efforts to improve; and (4) clear assignment criteria are utilized to avoid subjective and unfair assignments. Most controlled-choice districts assign about 75 percent of students to their first choice, and 10 percent to their second choice. Evidence from Cambridge, Massachusetts, indicates that controlled choice has been improving educational quality. (8 references) (MLF)
Descriptors: Decision Making, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Ethnicity, Racial Balance, School Choice
ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, University of Oregon, 1787 Agate Street, Eugene, OR 97403 (free; $2.50 postage and handling).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.
Identifiers: Controlled Choice; ERIC Digests