Where Are NYC Schools Serving the Highest Concentrations of Homeless Students?

The total size of the homeless student population in NYC is growing. In the 2012-2013 school year, for example, there were 34,120 homeless elementary students; in 2017-2018, this number had increased to 44,010. In our recent brief on young students who experience homelessness, we found that homeless students were not evenly distributed […]

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Posted: September 6th, 2019

How Have ELA and Math Achievement Levels Changed Over Time?

As part of a series examining progress and disparities in New York City schools, this Spotlight post focuses on trends over time in standardized test scores for elementary and middle school students. As seen in the slideshow below, since 2000, achievement in math and English Language Arts (ELA) in grades 3 through 8 have […]

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Posted: July 22nd, 2019

How Has Attendance in NYC Schools Changed Over Time?

As part of a series examining progress and disparities in New York City schools, this Spotlight post focuses on trends in student attendance. The slides below explore citywide rates of attendance and chronic absenteeism each year between 2000 and 2018. As seen in Slide 1, average attendance rates increased by about 3 percentage points during this period. This may […]

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Posted: July 8th, 2019

How Have Key Student Outcomes Changed in NYC Schools?

The Research Alliance was founded in 2008 to provide rigorous, nonpartisan evidence about the problems facing New York City’s public schools—and about the impact of policies and practices designed to address those problems. Since that time, we have conducted studies on a wide range of topics, carried out fieldwork in hundreds of NYC schools, surveyed tens of thousands of students […]

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Posted: June 27th, 2019

How Do Elementary-Aged Students in New York City Experience Homelessness?

Increasing numbers of children in New York City are experiencing homelessness. As we show in Figure 1, almost one in ten elementary school-aged children—or more than 45,000 students—experienced homelessness in 2016-2017, up from 7.5 percent (or just over 34,000 students) five years earlier. These numbers don’t tell us much, however, about the ways in which students experience […]

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Posted: June 6th, 2019

Police Exposure Among School-Aged Youth in New York City

clip of a graph that shows rates of police arrests by race and gender

Over the last few decades, cities across the United States have adopted proactive or broken windows policing strategies. As a consequence of these changes, an increasing number of minority youth are in contact with the criminal justice system. In New York City, the police conducted more than 4 million pedestrian stops between 2004 and 2012, with more than half concentrated […]

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Posted: May 8th, 2019

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