School placement lottery glitch impacts New Haven students


A glitch in the New Haven school placement lottery software omitted some wait list placement numbers.

According to a letter released on Thursday, on Wednesday, the New Haven Public Schools Office of Choice and Enrollment conducted the school lottery placement for approximately 7,000 students for placement into choice schools.

After the lottery completion, letters with school assignments for the 2019-2020 school year were sent to students who entered the process.

476 letters to rising ninth graders who were not placed at their preferred schools indicated that the students were placed at either Wilbur Cross or James Hillhouse according to home addresses.

However, school officials stated that an error had been made with the lottery software, saying, in part:

“…Due to an error in the lottery software, the letter omitted the child’s wait list placement numbers for all schools for which the child was wait-listed.  Only the affected families received the letter with this omission.  

New Haven Public Schools is working with the software vendor, Smart Choice Technologies, to correct this omission.  The wait list information will be sent to the affected families in a separate email within 10 business days. 

All students who were placed at one of their preferred schools, received a letter identifying the placement at one of their preferred schools of choice.  The letter also indicated the student was not waitlisted at other schools because they had been placed at one of their preferred schools.”

If you have any questions, you can contact school officials at 475-220-1430.

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