Leading-edge research is critical to the construction of knowledge necessary for providing resources to students, parents, teachers, administrators, and policymakers who are on the front lines of efforts to find solutions to the challenges confronting schools and other entities of education. Research is also important for transforming thought and perspective, adding a crucial evidence based to debates about how to best achieve equity in education. The Center provides comprehensive research, rapid response data and analysis, program and systems evaluations, policy analysis and so forth that helps schools, districts, communities, community-based organizations, regions, states, and so on uncover hidden knowledge, explore root causes, and better understand the complex processes contributing to educational inequities. The Center's research apparatuses also investigate promising programs, evaluate supplementary educational programs, contribute to the theories and knowledge of the fields, and nurture future scholars. Thus, our work promotes inquiry at multiple levels aimed at expanding knowledge of issues that impact school improvement, teaching and learning, school reform, and education equity.


  • Demographic Change & Educating Immigrant Youth in New York City

    In this white paper, authored by Sebastian Cherng and staff from the Center for Research and Evaluation at Metro Center, we do not treat immigrant youth as monolithic, understanding that there is no one immigrant story and, therefore, can be no one immigrant pedagogy or curriculum, policy or program for the matter. Rather, the conversation on demographic change and immigration in New York City and our nation is complex. Thus the conversation on educating U.S. immigrant youth must also be complex . . . and more, it must become courageous. Read the White Paper.

  • Using Personalized Learning to Improve Student Achievement: The Academic Impact of’s Digital Math Program

    This study examines the academic growth of students at or below grade level who used the’s Digital Mathematics Program. (DMP)1 The study analyzed five years of DMP data from nearly 6,000 students, in grades 2 through 4, with a specific focus on struggling learners who began the program significantly below grade level. Our analyses revealed that all students made gains in the DMP, with struggling students achieving the greatest performance improvements. In addition, we found a positive relationship between time spent in the program and academic progress, particularly when students used the tutoring program’s component. Read the report

  • Educational Equity Audit for the School District of Palm Beach County: Final Report

    Over the past 18 months, the School District of Palm Beach County has worked with the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools to conduct an internal look at equity issues in the School District of Palm Beach County. This report of the Educational Equity Audit for the School District of Palm Beach County uses a combination of quantitative data provided by the School District to Metro Center, as well as survey results and focus group findings to highlight key equity issues within the District, provide insights into possible causes of those issues, and recommendations to address these issues. Read the report

  • Everyday Classroom Strategies and Practices for Supporting Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

    By Jamie D. Bleiweiss, Lauren Hough & Shirley Cohen
    Published by AAPC

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  • Needs and Segmentation Analysis for the South Ward of Newark, New Jersey

    In 2016, New York University (NYU) conducted a needs and segmentation analysis of Newark, New Jersey’s South Ward in order to gather information about the area’s demographics, schools, quality of life, health care, and other key indicators. NYU analyzed these data by neighborhood, census tract, and census block in order to identify differences and disparities within the South Ward itself and in comparison to Newark and the state of New Jersey. The 2014 American Community Survey five-year estimates provided much of the data for the segmentation analysis. Other data sources included the USDA, the City of Newark, the New Jersey Department of Education, Newark Public Schools, and the Newark Police Department. Read the report

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