In the School Choice Era, Making Shopping for Schools Easier

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U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences

The Walton Family Foundation

This project ran an experiment to learn how best to select and present school choice data so that it is easy to use and understand and leads to smart choices.

Shopping for Schools Is Hard

As school choice initiatives have increased options for students and their families, making effective choices has become more challenging. Even though the technology for presenting information is rapidly evolving, the amount of information and its complexity are growing even more quickly and can be overwhelming, even for sophisticated parents and students. For those with limited education or English language skills, difficulties digesting information about school choices can put the most vulnerable students at even more of a disadvantage.

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