Dynamic Participation in Interdistrict Open Enrollment

Dynamic Participation in Interdistrict Open Enrollment

Issue/Topic: Choice - Open Enrollment
Author(s): Lavery, Lesley; Carlson, Deven
Organization(s): Macalester College; University of Oklahoma
Publication: Educational Policy
Published On: 3/18/2015

Interdistrict open enrollment is the nation's largest and most widespread school choice program, but our knowledge of these programs is limited. We know little about the characteristics of interdistrict open enrollment participants, the schooling decisions that students make through the program or the effects of the program on outcomes of interest.

To provide insight into a basic, important dimension of the nation's largest school choice program and to lay the groundwork for future analyses of other features of these programs


Policy Implications/Recommendations:
Research Design:

Cohorts of Colorado kindergarteners, 6th and 9th graders from the universe of Colorado children going to public schools

Year data is from:
2005-2006 to 2009-2010


Data Collection and Analysis:
Drawing on five years of student-level data from the universe of students attending public school in Colorado, researchers performed a three-stage analysis. They looked at kindergarteners, 6th and 9th graders who open enrolled in the baseline year. Then they looked at students who continued to participate in subsequent years. Finally, they considered students who didn't open enroll initially, but did in later years.

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