ERIC Number: ED479365
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Findings from the First Phase of School Choice Implementation in Three Districts: Buffalo, New York, Richmond, Virginia, DeKalb County, Georgia.
Kim, Jimmy; Sunderman, Gail L.
This paper focuses on the first-year implementation of the choice provisions of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act in Buffalo, New York, DeKalb County, Georgia, and Richmond, Virginia. After an analysis of the assumptions underlying school choice and the relevant research literature, the study addressed four research questions motivated by NCLBs choice policies, including: (1) how schools were identified for improvement; (2) how districts designed their choice policies; (3) the kinds of implementation challenges districts faced in complying with federal requirements; and (4) whether districts are giving students in improvement schools opportunities to transfer to higher-performing schools. Data from a variety of sources, including school district documents, were used to investigate these questions. Findings suggest that the quality of school choice options will depend on the policies enacted by district policymakers. The implications of these findings are discussed in relation to the design of choice policies at the school district level, and some suggestions are provided for further research. (Contains 2 tables, 5 figures, and 25 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001