We have 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, we 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
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%.
*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