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The Research Alliance Year in Review 2022

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Research Alliance staff gather for a group photo during their mini staff retreat in 2022.

2022 has been a busy, challenging, exciting year for the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. It has been gratifying to be together in the office again, to meet with partners in person, and to spend time in school buildings that are buzzing with activity. We have worked hard to produce evidence that is useful to a wide range of education stakeholders, including school and district leaders, educators, advocates, parents and students. Below we share a few highlights from our year.

Publications

New releases in 2022 included:

2022 in Spotlights

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How Equitable is Access to a Positive School Climate in NYC Schools?

The third post in our series examines how school-wide perceptions of school climate vary by race/ethnicity, finding that Black students, in particular, appear to attend schools with climates that are rated lower on average.

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Access to Advanced Coursework in NYC High Schools

The second post in our series examines the degree to which students in NYC have had opportunities to take classes that would help them graduate from high school and prepare for post-secondary education, exploring how access to advanced coursework varies by race/ethnicity and neighborhood poverty.

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To What Extent Are Students With Disabilities Included in K-12 Computer Science Education?

This Spotlight post uses data on students’ Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and computer science (CS) course enrollment records from the 2018-2019 school year to explore students’ participation in CS education across grade bands.

New Work

This year, the Research Alliance launched new studies aimed at identifying and addressing barriers to implementing CS4All and developing Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Educational practices in CS instruction. We also introduced our new Equity Indicators series, with analyses examining high school students’ access to advanced coursework and a positive school climate. Looking ahead, we will be working to develop a full suite of equity indicators, pinpointing differences not only in student outcomes, but also key resources and opportunities available to students, from pre-K through college. 

DOE Chancellor David Banks, RANYCS Executive Director James Kemple, and Deputy Director Cheri Fancsali sit at a round table discussion at the 2022 NYC Equity Summit.

Chancellor David Banks, Research Alliance Executive Director James Kemple and Deputy Director Cheri Fancsali sit at a round table discussion at the 2022 NYC Equity Summit.

Public Engagement

In 2022, members of the Research Alliance team participated in a variety of virtual and in-person events. Research Alliance Deputy Director Cheri Fancsali served as a panelist for “Defining Equity and Envisioning an Equitable NYC,” along with City Council Member Nantasha Williams and NYC Racial Justice Commission Policy Director Jimmy Pan, in an engaging, cross-sector conversation moderated by FPWA’s Raysa S. Rodriguez. Fancsali, along with Research Alliance Executive Director James Kemple, also participated in the 2022 NYC Equity Summit, convened by the Mayor's Office of Equity, FPWA, and the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice. Throughout the year, Research Alliance staff presented to diverse groups of policymakers, practitioners, and funders, as well as at academic conferences, including APPAM, AEFP, AERA, and SREE (where Kemple was named President—his term begins in January 2023).

As always, we welcome your questions, feedback and ideas for new areas of research. With 2022 coming to a close, please know how grateful we are for your continued readership, partnership and work on behalf of New York City’s students and communities. From everyone here at the Research Alliance, we wish you a warm and wonderful holiday season and a happy, healthy new year!