Research results for 2016 - 2017 data

Manya has been conducting a study to identify strategies used by New York State public schools whose Economically Disadvantaged students are doing well.

Using publicly-available data, Manya identified schools that have

— 40% or more poverty;
— 25% or more ED students scoring 3 or 4 on NY ELA;
— 65% or more ED students scoring 2, 3, or 4 on NY ELA;
— 30 or more ED test-takers; and have
— no admissions criteria other than residency; and
— no in-district school choice.

Using 2016 data, these 177 schools, just 16% of those eligible, met these criteria.

Using 2017 data, these 248 schools, 20% of those eligible, met these criteria.

Using 2018 data, these 191 schools, 19% of those eligible, met criteria

N.B. As the NYSED ELA exam changed, the cut-offs changed to

— 32% or more ED students scoring 3 or 4 on NY ELA;
— 72% or more ED students scoring 2, 3, or 4 on NY ELA

Each study school was asked to identify strategies that they believe are working to boost the performance of their Economically Disadvantaged students. Response rate was 34%.

Read more about the methodology here.