What percentage of NYC’s students with disabilities are served in inclusive settings? Exploring equity and changes over time.

Beginning in 1975, federal law guaranteed all U.S. children with disabilities the right to a free and appropriate public education. Building on this law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 1990 explicitly mandated that students with disabilities be served in the “least restrictive” educational environment—meaning they would have the opportunity to participate in […]

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Posted: November 26th, 2018

What are the contours of NYC’s Special Education landscape?

In New York City, more than 200,000 public school students are eligible for special education, as indicated by having an Individualized Education Program (IEP).[1] IEPs are written documents that outline educational goals, required special education services, and other information for any public school student with a disability. The number of NYC students with disabilities is […]

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Posted: November 19th, 2018

How Far Do NYC Students Travel to Get to School?

Public school students in New York City have a wide range of educational options available to them. This includes traditional neighborhood zoned schools, magnet and Gifted & Talented programs, dual language schools, charter schools, exam-based specialized high schools, and more than 750 programs (in 435 different schools) that are part of the citywide high school […]

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Posted: October 24th, 2018

How Have the Rates at Which Students Are Graduating in Four Years, Dropping Out, or “Persisting” in NYC High Schools Changed Over Time?

There is much to celebrate in New York City’s rising high school graduation rate—over the past decade, the percentage of students who earn their diploma in four years has steadily increased, and rates of college enrollment have largely kept pace. The related decline in high school dropout rates has also received a good deal of […]

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Posted: May 30th, 2018

Understanding School Survey Response Rates

Each year since 2006, the NYC Department of Education (NYC DOE) has distributed an annual School Survey to all students in grades 6-12, as well as all teachers and parents in the district. This survey—the largest education census in the United States—provides important information about the school climate in the district’s 1,800 schools. One of […]

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Posted: November 29th, 2017

Where Do Puerto Rican Students Live in New York City?

Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated Puerto Rican homes, infrastructure, and lives. New York City is home to the largest Puerto Rican population of any city in the world, and many students of Puerto Rican descent attend our schools. A substantial number of these students, and their families and communities, have already have been impacted by […]

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Posted: October 26th, 2017

Have Students Become More or Less Likely to Change Schools?

The movement of students from school to school—which researchers refer to as “mobility”—is pervasive across urban school districts in the United States. For mobile students, changing schools and neighborhoods can disrupt the learning process. For schools, high student turnover can undermine efforts to build a cohesive and supportive community. The negative consequences of mobility have […]

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Posted: October 5th, 2017

Who Are the “Diversity in Admissions” Pilot Schools?

In June 2017, the NYC DOE released a diversity plan, which included the creation of a School Diversity Advisory Group, an outline of a community engagement process, and a commitment to the following district-wide goals: Increasing the number of students in “racially representative” [1] schools by 50,000 over the next five years;  Decreasing the number of […]

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Posted: September 12th, 2017

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