New App Helps New York City Students Navigate High School Admissions

Choosing a high school in New York City can be a daunting task, with more than 700 programs to choose from in 400-plus schools throughout the five boroughs. Now, a new app helps students and families simplify their search by focusing the choice process on a personalized list of 20 best-fit schools. The NYC High […]

Charter Schools Enroll More Girls, with Boys More Likely to Leave

Charter schools – particularly middle and high schools – enroll a larger share of girls than do traditional public schools, in part because boys are more likely to exit charter schools, finds a new study by New York University researchers. The study, published in the journal Educational Policy, is the first to examine gender differences […]

Is Smaller Better When it Comes to School Learning Environments?

Small high schools don’t necessarily provide better learning environments than large schools, finds a new study from the Institute for Education and Social Policy published online in Economics of Education Review. “Our results challenge the conventional wisdom that the higher academic performance of students in small schools is driven by a better learning environment,” said […]

Classroom Program Increases School Breakfast Participation, Not Obesity

Serving free breakfast in New York City’s classrooms has boosted the number of students eating what some consider the most important meal of the day at school, according to research by New York University’s Institute for Education and Social Policy and the Center for Policy Research at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public […]

No Dramatic Shifts in BMI for Overweight Girls a Year After Receiving Fitness Assessment

Teens being classified as overweight in school fitness reports does not appear to have any impact on short-term changes in body mass index, finds a new study by NYU Steinhardt’s Institute for Education and Social Policy, the Center for Policy Research at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and Columbia University. The […]

Water Dispensers a Low-Cost Tool in the Fight Against Childhood Obesity, Finds IESP Study

Making water more available in New York City public schools through self-serve water dispensers in cafeterias resulted in small — but statistically significant — declines in students’ weight, according to new findings. The study, published today in the online issue of JAMA Pediatrics, was conducted by researchers at NYU’s Institute for Education and Social Policy, NYU […]

Study Finds A Summer Entrepreneurship Program Has Far-Reaching Benefits for Teens

New York University researchers evaluated the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s (NFTE) 2014 summer entrepreneurship programs, designed to introduce teenage students to the concepts of entrepreneurship while developing their academic and life skills. “Summer learning loss is a significant problem for students who aren’t engaged during summer vacation. However, summer programs are a way to help students […]

Steinhardt Professor Cybele Raver Receives APA Distinguished Contributions Award

Cybele Raver, Vice Provost of Academic, Faculty, and Research Affairs at NYU and a professor of applied psychology at NYU Steinhardt, is the recipient of the American Psychological Association’s 2012 Distinguished Contributions of Applications to Education and Training Award.  The award recognizes the significant contribution Dr. Raver has made in the application of psychological principles […]

Steinhardt and Wagner Researchers Find Summer Job Program Participation Leads to Better Attendance and Regents Scores

New York University’s Institute for Education and Social Policy (IESP) have found that New York City’s summer jobs program improved school attendance and other educational outcomes for youth participant. IESP is a joint institute of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Jacob Leos-Urbel, Amy Ellen Schwartz, […]