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  1. 1. The Education Choice andCompetition IndexDistrict: Indianapolis Located in Indiana, Indianapolis ranks 52 out of 107 in the Education Choice and Competition Index, with an overall grade of C-. The district performed well in Availability of Alternative Schools, but needs improvement in PopularityCounty: MARION COUNTY, IN of Schools Reflected in Funding, Relevant PerformanceTotal 63 Data, and Transportation.Schools:Total 49,423Students:Grade: C- (0.41) Proportion ofComponent of Overall Grade Available PointsAssignment Mechanism 0.25A) Students are assigned to schools through an application process in which parents express their preferences(rather than through geographical attendance zones) NoB) Students receive a default school assignment based on a geographical attendance zone but parents caneasily express their preferences for other schools YesC) Assignment to schools that engage in preferential admissions, e.g., magnets, maximizes the match betweenschool preferences for students and parent preferences for schools NoD) Assignment to oversubscribed schools that do not engage in preferential admissions maximizes parentalpreference NoE) Assignment to oversubscribed schools that do not engage in preferential admission is by lottery YesF) Assignment to oversubscribed schools that engage in preferential admission is through a competitiveprocess that does not take parental preferences into account YesG) Assignment to schools out of the students' geographical attendance zone is difficult, unclear orsubstantially disadvantages parents No Application 0.33A) A common application for all regular public schools within a district's boundaries No
  2. 2. B) A common application for all public schools within a district's boundaries, including charter schools NoC) No default of a neighborhood or district assigned school NoD) Different applications for different schools Yes Availability of Alternative Schools 1Number of students enrolled in Alternative schools [Charter + Magnet + Private (including vouchers, affordableprivate, tax credit scholarship participants)]/Number of students enrolled in traditional Public + Alternative 69%schoolsA) Alternatives to traditional public schools include charters and at least two of the following: magnets,vouchers, affordable private (>=75%), and tax credit scholarships YesB) Alternative options include two of three from part A. NoC) Alternative options include one or none from part A. No Virtual Schools 0.67A) Publicly available policies allowing students to enroll in a variety of virtual courses that count towardsgraduation or matriculation YesB) At least 2% of the total student population is enrolled in at least one virtual course NoC) No substantial costs borne by student or family Yes Popularity of Schools Reflected in Funding 0A) Clear definition of weighted student funding/fair funding NoB) At least 75% of a district's operating budget is allocated through the weighted student funding formula NoC) At least 50% of a district's operating budget is allocated through the weighted student funding formula No Restructure or Close Undersubscribed Schools 0.33A) Published policy citing low or declining enrollment due to parental choice as a reason for closing orrestructuring schools Yes
  3. 3. B) A history of schools being closed or restructured due to low or declining enrollment due to parental choice No Comparable Standards and Assessments 0.33A) Private schools supported with public funding through student vouchers or tax credit scholarships are subjectto an assessment system with public reporting requirements NoB) Public and publicly supported private schools can be directly compared in terms of their performancebecause they either participate in the same assessment regimen or different assessment regimens that are Nonormed and standardized and thus directly comparable in terms of percentilesC) Private schools supported with public funding engage in voluntary and idiosyncratic public reporting ofstudent progress Yes Gain Scores Calculated 0.67A) Student achievement gains are presented based on longitudinal data on academic growth of individualstudents, or NoB) Student achievement gains are presented based on longitudinal changes in school level means YesC) School performance is described based only on disaggregated cross-sectional achievement status for agiven year No Accessible On-line Information 0.33A) School choice-related performance information is clearly accessible and presented in an uncluttered andrelevant manner. "Clearly" defined as organized "at each level of the Web site so that it shows a clear and Yeslogical structure to typical users" such as a parent page, enrollment, or schools pageB) On-line resources provide a step by step choice process that includes contextual variables and definitionsthat allow parents to weigh important information NoC) Information to support school choice by parents is complete (parents with previous experience with theschool choice process or parents with more access to informal networks of knowledgeable parents do notpossess information unavailable to other parents that substantially advantages them in the choice process) and Noincludes performance data from the previous year during the time period in which parents exercise schoolchoice Relevant Performance Data 0Information elements required under federal law are augmented with additional performance information fromcategories including: NoA) School popularity (e.g., popularity as measured through open enrollment; parental satisfaction surveys;transfer-out rate for students)1) Student characteristics (absentee rates for students; rates of detention and disciplinary actions; gain scoreson district-wide assessments; availability of accelerated and advanced courses and levels of studentparticipation and performance in advanced courses; and for high schools, graduation rates and college Yesenrollment and persistence rates)
  4. 4. 2) Teacher characteristics (e.g., percentage of inexperienced teachers; absentee rates for teachers) Yes3) Principal characteristics (e.g., tenure of principal; past performance of schools in which that principal served) No4) Course offerings and resources (curriculum focus in key subjects; availability of extra curricular andafterschool programs; and annual operating budget of the school expressed as per pupil expenditure) No5) Additional performance information includes charter schools No Understandable Performance Data 0.67A) Provides text explanations providing parents enough information to interpret performance data. YesB) Allows for side-by-side comparison of schools. NoC) Provides performance information in graphical or tabular form with minimal or confusing text explanations No Transportation 0A) Students are provided transportation to any school of their choice within district borders on the same termsas for a district assigned school. NoB) District subsidizes the cost of transportation to a school of choice but parents bear substantial costs NoC) District provides transportation or subsidizes transportation to schools of choice but excludes charter schools No District School Quality 0.33District school quality is a measure of the performance of the average public school within a district on stateassessments. 2 out of 10The letter grade for a district is derived from the proportion of points it received in each component, with the first 3 components doubleweighted to reflect their relative importance to quality of choice and extent of competition (see scoring guide for a detailed description.