The Opportunities and Risks of K-12 Student Placement Algorithms

The Opportunities and Risks of K-12 Student Placement Algorithms. Brookings Institution. Matt Kasman and Jon Valant. February 28, 2019

How students are assigned to schools is changing, especially in urban areas. After decades of using students’ home addresses to determine school assignments, many U.S. cities are now turning to placement algorithms—alongside school choice policies—to determine which students can attend which particular schools. These algorithms, built on the Nobel Prize-winning theory of market design, elicit families’ ranked preferences for schools and use those preferences, along with schools’ priorities, to match students and schools. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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