How Many Male Teachers of Color Work in NYC?

In 2015, New York City launched “NYC Men Teach,” an initiative aiming to “put an additional 1,000 men of color on course to become NYC public school teachers over the next three years.” The initiative comes in response to a growing body of evidence suggesting that it is important for students of color to have […]

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Posted: April 3rd, 2017

What is the Gender Breakdown of NYC Teachers?

From 2003-2004 to 2015-2016, the size of NYC’s teacher workforce remained relatively stable, hovering around 75,000. During this time, the proportions of men and women shifted, but only slightly. Women made up 74.6% of the City’s teacher workforce in 2003-2004, growing to 76.6% in 2015-2016. Over the same time, the proportion of men in the teaching workforce fell from 25.4% to 23.4%.

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Suspensions are down. What does this mean for school safety?

The overall number of suspensions in NYC public schools has decreased dramatically. The odds that an individual student will be suspended have fallen too. For example, Research Alliance analyses show that in the 2008-2009 school year, 7.6% of first-time 9th graders were suspended at least once. By the 2014-2015 school year, that rate had fallen […]

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Posted: January 31st, 2017

Exploring Pathways to a College Degree

In New York City and around the country, education policy is increasingly focused not only on boosting college enrollment but also on raising the number of students who successfully complete college. This stems from a growing awareness of the pitfalls that many students face on their way to a college degree, including a range of […]

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Posted: September 12th, 2016

When Do Students Enter and Exit the NYC Public School System?

The figure below shows patterns of entry and exit from the NYC public school system for students who were born in 1996 (i.e., students scheduled to enter kindergarten in September 2001, and to graduate high school in June 2014). The graph includes a total of 108,241 students who were born in 1996 and were enrolled […]

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Posted: September 12th, 2016

Trends in School Co-Locations in NYC

The practice of school co-location—when multiple schools are housed within a single building—has generated considerable controversy in New York City. Under the previous administration, policies that emphasized closing persistently low-performing schools (and in many cases, replacing them with a number of smaller schools in a single building) as well as the growth of charter schools […]

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Posted: September 12th, 2016

How Does Concentrated Poverty Intersect with High School Choices?

In our report, High School Choice in NYC, the Research Alliance found—perhaps not surprisingly—that most students prefer to attend a high school that is relatively close to home. On average, rising 8th graders’ first-choice school was about a half an hour away by public transit. Low-achieving students (i.e., those who scored in the bottom 20 […]

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Posted: September 12th, 2016

Welcome to Spotlight on NYC Schools!

The Research Alliance for New York City Schools is pleased to introduce Spotlight on New York City Schools, a web-based series of data analyses and visualizations designed to inform public debate about education in New York City and highlight important questions for future research. The posts—which will address a wide range of topics about the […]

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Posted: September 12th, 2016