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ERIC Number: ED568708
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Market Signals: How Do DC Parents Rank Schools, and What Does It Mean for Policy? Policy Brief
Glazerman, Steven; Dotter, Dallas
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
This brief describes (1) what parents look for when they choose a school and (2) how these preferences affect the sorting of students into schools under different school-choice policies. The findings are based on lists of preferred schools submitted by over 20,000 applicants to a citywide lottery for more than 100 traditional and charter public schools in Washington, DC. The results confirm previous findings that commuting distance, school demographics, and academics play important roles in school choice. However, we also found considerable variation in parents' preferences. [This brief summarizes findings from "Market Signals: Evidence on the Determinants and Consequences of School Choice from a Citywide Lottery. Working Paper 45," (ED568709).]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia