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Reforming the Eighth-Grade Student Assignment Process for the Philadelphia Public Schools
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posted on 01.01.2000by Michael P. Johnson
The eighth-grade student assignment project is an initiative of the School District of Philadelphia
that assigns students to high school academic programs based on student preferences, academic
preparation, program capacity and desegregation requirements. This paper describes recent
modifications to the eighth-grade student assignment process that resulted in: a comprehensive,
realistic description of business processes, a new, more accurate method for recording family
preferences and modifications to the student assignment process that better reflects student
preferences and system constraints. We describe other recommendations not yet implemented,
including more flexible program reporting to families, a relational database to meet future
student processing needs, customer service via the Internet and management science models to
automate the assignment process.