How Has Centralized Enrollment Affected New Orleans Schools?
This report examines what happened when schools that had enrolled a highly disproportionate share of the system's white students entered the city's centralized enrollment system. It finds that the schools entering that system (OneApp/NCAP) led to increased access to those schools for Black and other nonwhite families.
The Education Research Alliance for New Orleans (ERA-New Orleans) and the National Center for Research on Education Access and Choice (REACH), two leading organizations dedicated to advancing objective and rigorous education research, are pleased to announce the release of two new reports that are part of a series about how students are assigned to schools. “In cities across America, families face numerous challenges when navigating the decentralized school choice systems. These challenges include gathering information about all the school options, managing multiple application processes, and securing transportation,” said Jane Arnold Lincove, lead author of The Effects of Unified Enrollment Systems on New Orleans Schools report. “Since parents don’t have equal access to information, time to dedicate to school choice, and transportation, students might not have equal opportunities to benefit from school choice .” This report examines what happened when schools that had enrolled a disproportionate share of the system’s white students entered the city’s centralized enrollment system. It finds that the schools entering that system (OneApp/NCAP) led to increased access to those schools for Black and other nonwhite students. While schools have been reluctant to give up control over enrollment, these schools did not see declines in white enrollment or academic performance after joining the enrollment system.