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

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