A Look at the First Year of Camden Enrollment

A Look at the First Year of Camden Enrollment

Posted on December 15, 2016

How did the first year of Camden Enrollment go?

To answer this question and learn about how we can improve for future years, Camden Enrollment asked two independent groups to analyze our first year:

  • Tembo, a data analytics firm that works with school districts and other educational organizations, conducted a quantitative audit of Camden Enrollment's results.
  • The Center for Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) at the University of Washington conducted a series of focus groups and a citywide survey to investigate how families in Camden experienced Camden Enrollment.

You can read a two-page summary of Tembo's results here, or their full report is available here. They found:

  • Over 4,000 students participated in Camden Enrollment. Roughly 40% were in grades K and 9.
  • 83% of students who applied in the main round and 64% of students who applied after the deadline were matched to a school.
  • Applicants who listed more school choices were more likely to receive a match.
  • High-demand schools were more likely than low-demand schools to have strong academic performance ratings.
  • The Camden Enrollment matching process applied the appropriate preference order, and generally behaved as expected.

CRPE's full report is available here. They found:

  • Families found the new system fair, though more need to know about it.
  • Families reported the new system reduced paperwork and effort.
  • 65% of surveyed parents were satisfied with their child’s placement.
  • Families want strong academics, but they also care about safety, location, positive relationships with teachers, and enrichment opportunities.
  • Families used a combination of sources, including the Camden Enrollment web page, experiences of family and friends, and school visits.

Much more information is available in the full reports. We're looking forward to sharing the results with schools, community partners, and Camden families. Thank you to Tembo and CRPE for all their hard work, and especially to the families who participated in focus groups or surveys for your feedback!