Message from James Kemple

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Ten years ago, the Research Alliance for New York City Schools was an ambitious idea—a vision for how researchers, policymakers, and educators could come together to develop “better evidence for better schools.” We began with two staff members and four vacant offices at NYU, but no data, research projects, or formal partnerships to speak of.

Today, as we mark our 10th anniversary, the Research Alliance has grown into a major hub for education research in NYC. Our data-sharing agreement with the NYC Department of Education (DOE) has enabled us to build one of the largest and most comprehensive education databases in the country. Our staff has grown exponentially. We have undertaken more than 40 major research projects, with an array of partners, and have shared our findings through numerous conferences, presentations and published reports. Our Steering Committee reflects a wide range of perspectives, including representatives from the NYC DOE, the teacher and administrator unions, business, and community-based organizations.

Thanks to the engagement of these diverse players—and the support of a variety of public and private funders—the Research Alliance has been able to carve out a unique and important role in NYC. Evidence from our studies is helping school and district leaders understand challenges, set priorities, and improve the implementation of various policies and programs. Highlights from our work include:

We are proud of what the Research Alliance has accomplished to date, but we are also well aware of the work that lies ahead. We are actively developing new areas of research and forging new partnerships, including important new studies focused on educational equity, access and diversity. We are continuing efforts to make school data more accessible and to produce high-quality evidence that directly informs the work of policymakers and practitioners, here in New York City and around the country.

Thank you for your interest in the Research Alliance. We always welcome questions, feedback and ideas for new research, so please feel free to contact us.



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