ERIC Number: ED464178
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jul
Reforming the Eighth-Grade Student Assignment Process for the Philadelphia Public Schools.
Johnson, Michael P.
The eighth grade student assignment project, an initiative of the School District of Philadelphia, assigns students to high school academic programs based on student preferences, academic preparation, program capacity, and desegregation requirements. These programs, called small learning communities (SLCs), emphasize areas such as design and technology, communications, business, and health and draw primarily from students in local middle schools. SLCs are intended to complement existing offerings in Philadelphia's area vocational/technical high schools and selective admissions programs and high schools that draw from a citywide pool of admissions. They ensure that students who need academic support in smaller, more personalized environments can flourish. This paper describes recent modifications to the student assignment process that resulted in a comprehensive, realistic description of business processes, a more accurate method for recording family preferences, modifications to the student assignment process that better reflects student preferences and system constraints, and a new process for meeting management reporting needs. The paper describes other recommendations not yet implemented, including more flexible program reporting to families, a relational database to meet future student processing needs, customer service via the Internet, and management science models to automate the assignment process. (Contains 21 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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