Moving the Needle: Interactive Charts

“College readiness is becoming an increasingly important standard by which to measure school success and student achievement. While high school graduation and dropout prevention remain critical issues for educators, there is a substantial gap in outcomes between students who only earn a high school diploma and those who go on to obtain a college degree. For example, young adults with a bachelor’s degree earn almost twice as much—and are half as likely to be unemployed—as those with only a high school diploma.i”  --- Moving the Needle

The Research Alliance’s report, Moving the Needle: Exploring Key Levers to Boost College Readiness Among Black and Latino Males in New York City focuses on the challenges facing many Black and Latino young men on their path through high school and toward college and careers. The report examines college-related outcomes and other indicators that predict college readiness and discusses key contextual factors that underlie these educational outcomes—with the goal of identifying opportunities to intervene and support students more effectively.

Explore these three charts to compare the graduation, college readiness and college enrollment rates of different subgroups of NYC students who entered 9th grade between 2002 and 2006.


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Technical Notes:

Source: Research Alliance calculations from longitudinal data file of first-time 9th graders, compiled using administrative records provided by the New York City Department of Education.

Calculation of graduation, college readiness, college enrollment, and on-track rates include all students who were enrolled in a New York City High school as a first-time 9th grader in a given year and did not transfer outside the system during the four years following initial entry into high school. These calculations do not include students who transferred into a New York City high school from other school systems after their 9th-grade year.

Graduation Rates: Graduates include those who earned a local diploma or a New York State Regents Diploma as of October of their fourth year following initial enrollment in high school. For example, graduation rates for students who began high school in September 2006 reflect the percentage of these students who earned a diploma as of October 2010. Students who receive a GED or IEP certificate are considered non-graduates.

College Enrollment Rates: College enrollment rates are based on data provided to the New York City Department of Education by the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC). College enrollment reflects enrollment at any college within two years of scheduled graduation (to account for the many students who do not graduate from high school within four years of starting). For the 2006 cohort, which was scheduled to graduate in 2010, the college enrollment rate includes students who enrolled in college through Spring 2012. College enrollment rates from NSC data likely underreport actual rates because approximately 5 percent of post secondary institutions do not report data to the NSC.

College-Readiness: For this analysis, a student is classified as college ready if they met the New York State Education Department’s Aspirational Performance Measure: earning a Regents Diploma or an Advanced Regents Diploma within 5 years, passing at least one Math Regents Examination with a score of 80 or higher and passing at least one English Regents Examination with a score of 75 or higher.

For all three figures, the cohort sizes were as follows:

First-time 9th graders 2002: 60,727
First-time 9th graders 2003: 62,746
First-time 9th graders 2004: 64,256
First-time 9th graders 2005: 65,230
First-time 9th graders 2006: 65,784

i. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2013). “Current Population Survey: Earning and Unemployment Rates by Educational Attainment.” Retrieved 12/12/13 from