Frequently Asked Questions

What is IIPSC’s mission?
Our mission is to support school systems and partner organizations in developing and maintaining transparent, equitable, and efficient enrollment systems and to continually improve the design of systems of choice through rigorous research.

Why was IIPSC formed?
After designing the technology and operations for public school choice systems with administrators at the New York City Department of Education and Boston Public Schools, our founding team realized:

  • Public school enrollment and choice systems in most cities are in need of reform.
  • It is difficult to design an efficient, transparent, and equitable school choice system – market design, operational, and other technical expertise is necessary.
  • A group of professionals with exactly that expertise, functioning as a nonprofit organization, could be of great service to cities and their school systems.

Our professional experience and technical expertise placed us in a unique position to address the challenges listed above, and we decided to form IIPSC.

Why is IIPSC a nonprofit?
We incorporated as a nonprofit in order to reflect our ideological commitment to partnering with cities to solve school choice challenges. We believe this work can be done while keeping impact, not profit, as the focus.

What is the goal of IIPSC’s work?
We build equitable, efficient, and transparent enrollment systems in order to ensure that:

  • Students and families will have a user-friendly choice system that offers equitable access.
  • Schools can efficiently manage enrollment.
  • The system produces transparent demand and enrollment data, and optimally allocates seats.

We publish cutting edge enrollment research in academic journals and share our expertise and insights in order to:

  • Drive awareness of the benefits of equitable, efficient, and transparent enrollment systems.
  • Encourage leaders to take action to build equitable, efficient, and transparent enrollment systems
  • Offer knowledge for improvement of existing systems.

How do we know if we should work with IIPSC?
If your city is facing challenges related to school choice and enrollment, we can help you build a more efficient, equitable, and transparent system. Common problems include:

  • Families struggle with multiple confusing applications and lack clarity on how their child is being placed. Some students receive several enrollment offers; others receive none. Some parents want to participate in choice, but cannot because the process is too difficult.
  • Schools face instability in their operations due to multiple, asynchronous enrollment systems across the city (district, individual charter schools, magnets, etc). Schools are unclear which students will show up on day one, due to multiple offers.
  • Administrators cannot collect and analyze accurate data on the demand for schools and then cannot effectively manage the portfolio of schools in their city.

What is IIPSC’s stance on school choice and education reform?
We do not seek to promote or detract from any particular type of school or any administrative body. We work with school districts with all types of schools to make sure their enrollment and choice systems are effective, efficient, and transparent. We are not a pro-charter group or an anti-charter group. We are not a pro-district or an anti-district group. We have no political agenda, whatsoever.

Who has IIPSC worked with?
We have broad partnerships in cities across the nation, including:

  • New Orleans: We supported the Recovery School District and the Orleans Parish School Board in creating policies and operations for OneApp, their common enrollment system. We also created custom-coded assignment algorithm software for use in matching New Orleans students and schools. All RSD schools and most OPSB schools are participating in the new process, including charter and direct-operated schools. Students have been assigned this way since 2012.
  • Denver: We supported Denver Public Schools, local charter organizations and school networks, and other community partners in designing the policies and operations that govern SchoolChoice, the new and improved school choice system in Denver. This groundbreaking system unites charter schools and district-managed schools with one choice process. We created the student assignment software which DPS uses to match students and schools. SchoolChoice has been assigning students to Denver schools since 2012.
  • Washington DC: We are supporting MySchoolDC in designing the policies and operations that will govern their new centralized high school choice process. We have created custom-coded student assignment software for the district. This new process unites district and charter schools.
  • Chicago, Newark, Philadelphia, and New York City are also places where IIPSC has worked.

How long does the process take?
Each project is unique, but the average time it takes to design and implement a universal enrollment system is just over 1 year. Some clients request in the early stages of engagement that we provide a current state assessment to evaluate the existing system and develop and share an understanding of the current system and identify potential changes needed. Current state assessments take 2-3 months.

How can I find out more?
Please contact IIPSC’s Executive Director, Neil Dorosin.

If you have questions not answered in these FAQs, please contact:

Neil Dorosin, Executive Director of IIPSC
Email: neild@iipsc.org
Phone: 347-529-5970

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