EVALUATING THE CONSEQUENSE OF ENACTED THE SCHOOL DISTRICT REFORM IN 2014 OF CHINA

Open Access
Author:
Zhang, Xulu
Graduate Program:
Educational Theory and Policy
Degree:
Master of Arts
Document Type:
Master Thesis
Date of Defense:
March 30, 2018
Committee Members:
  • Katerina Bodovski, Thesis Advisor/Co-Advisor
  • David Post, Committee Member
  • Dana Lynn Mitra, Committee Member
Keywords:
  • education equality
  • descriptive analysis
  • educational resources
  • reform
Abstract:
This thesis is aiming at evaluating the consequence of China’s enrollment reform of compulsory education’s admission procedure that has been enacted in 2014. In order to improve the education equality, the Beijing Municipal Commission of Education issued restrictions on Nine-year Compulsory Education admission procedures among nineteen cities in 2014. The new admission strategy is using school district enrollment policy as well as the random assignment based on the area of residence instead of the score based admission method. The thesis is focused on Beijing as the target city. The data were collected from Beijing Education Statistics Yearbook of 2014 and 2016, and descriptive analysis is utilized in this thesis to present the changes in educational resources after the reform. A trend of reallocation in the educational resources is found, which indicates that the short-term effects of the reform is found. However, the effectiveness of this reform on improving educational equality might be limited.