Research Methods & Results

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Research results for 2016 - 2017 data

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

Read more about the methodology here and results here.