Orla O’Keeffe, the district staff person in charge of implementing our new assignment system, asked me to post this link to a survey she is using to gather input from families. Specifically, the survey asks how many choices families should be able to list on the new assignment application form (currently families are allowed to list seven choices).
Wait! Didn’t we say families could list as many or as few choices as they wished under a new system? That was the proposal from the Stanford economists who are helping us design the choice algorithm, and the new system will absolutely not penalize/advantage families for the number of school choices they list. (Currently, families who list fewer than seven choices get a lower wait pool priority, which has led to many people listing high-demand schools to “fill out” their application.)
But Orla and her staff are worried about overwhelming families by giving them too many choices on the application form, or encouraging people to list more schools than they really want. So the purpose of the survey is to gather input about how many choices feels “right” to families.
For the record, when Orla asked me, I suggested we give as many spaces as will comfortably “fit” on the application form (10 feels about right to me as an arbitrary number), and give families who want to list more schools than that the option of attaching an additional sheet with additional ranked school choices. (And just to pack the ballot box, I took the survey and made that suggestion again).
Here’s your chance! Fill out the survey >>>>>>>