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admissions and enrollment
July 5, 2017
New York City’s transfer high schools getting new admissions rules, extra oversight
The city's 52 transfer schools exclusively serve students who have dropped out or fallen behind at traditional high schools.
March 8, 2016
‘Did you get in?’ High school offer letters bring smiles, a few tears to Bronx classrooms
As eighth-graders at M.S. 244 in the Bronx received their high school offer letters, student reactions ranged from cheers and hugs to sobs and silence.
March 8, 2016
How one New York City school handles eighth grade’s biggest drama: high school letter day
Eighth-graders received their high school matches Friday, a day that can unleash unbridled elation, or crushing dejection.
March 4, 2016
On high school match day, a Chalkbeat guide to high school admissions debates
Most of New York City’s eighth-graders will find out what high school they were matched with Friday — a day of stress, celebration, and a few tears.
February 25, 2016
Schools with mainly black and Latino students have less-qualified teachers, report says
Resource disparities continue to exist between schools that serve mainly black and Latino students and those that enroll majority white student populations.
sorting the students
February 24, 2016
Fariña to parents: We need ‘organic’ plans, not mandates, to diversify schools
Fariña was not asked to address the specifics of any proposals to change enrollment policy in District 1. But her comments were still a welcome change to some.
February 11, 2016
Schools could bend rules through PROSE to boost diversity, officials suggest
Several schools are now eyeing the city’s PROSE program as a way to change their admissions rules, and the city says it will consider their ideas.
to do list
February 10, 2016
Searching for answers to segregation, Fariña enlists top deputy and solicits local ideas
In an exclusive interview, Chancellor Carmen Fariña explained that she's open to policy changes to promote diversity, but also searching for community-created plans.
February 9, 2016
More schools nationwide are experimenting with diversity programs, report says
As the city faces pressure to promote school diversity, a new report shows that more districts nationwide are using socioeconomic status to shape admissions processes.
January 15, 2016
Small number of schools enrolls large share of public housing residents, report says
At 9 percent of schools, students who live in subsidized housing make up more than a third of the enrollment, according to a new report.
January 15, 2016
Why some New York City high schools that were designed to be diverse aren’t
The city is expanding the number of high schools who admit students with a pre-set mix of academic abilities. But there’s a problem: At many schools, it’s not working.
Mergers and acquisitions
January 14, 2016
City proposes two more mergers, including at one of city’s smallest high schools
The first merger would have Peace and Diversity Academy, a tiny, struggling school in the Bronx, be absorbed into Metropolitan High School.
a season of searching
January 6, 2016
A dream to leave Brooklyn, play football, and go to college — with applications in the way
A semester in the life of an Eagle Academy senior trying to figure out his next steps.
December 22, 2015
In one elementary school, a researcher finds sharply divergent views on its gifted program
Researcher and author Allison Roda explains what she found after three years of interviewing New York City parents about their school's gifted program.
November 18, 2015
City postpones controversial plan to rezone two Upper West Side schools
The city postponed a contentious rezoning proposal Wednesday on the Upper West Side, extending a months long saga over two deeply divided schools.
November 10, 2015
Understanding New York City’s latest round of school report cards
For the second time since the de Blasio administration scrapped the A-F letter grades once assigned to schools, the city released a set of parent-friendly school guides.
sorting the students
November 10, 2015
In one South Bronx class, students add their voices to growing school segregation debate
Students in the South Bronx believe they have something important to add to the growing school segregation debate.
By the numbers
October 19, 2015
Charter school demographics coming under fresh scrutiny
This year, charter schools’ progress toward goals for enrolling high-needs students are being scrutinized by state regulators. But it's unclear how strict they'll be.
the big picture
October 7, 2015
Will John King’s last effort to desegregate New York’s schools work?
For the first time, a grant program will allow the city to try to improve a handful of schools by convincing more affluent families to send their children there.
September 30, 2015
Education panel meeting generates emotions but not action on school diversity
At the PEP meeting Tuesday, panel members tabled a measure meant to clarify the city's stance on using race in school admissions.
the segregation situation
September 17, 2015
Is reversing school segregation possible in New York City? Expert panel weighs in
“I can’t figure out how you would do this below the high school level,” Norm Fruchter said.
the starting line
September 3, 2015
With school year approaching, enrollment centers work to meet families’ needs
Snapshots from one of the temporary registration centers filled with students and their parents looking to find a seat in a New York City school.
August 7, 2015
Why high school admissions actually doesn’t work for many city students — and how it could
The city's former deputy director of high school enrollment explains why families still struggle with a system that it supposedly working better than ever.
state of the sector
July 13, 2015
Report: Charter schools replace students, but do so less after third grade
In some areas of of New York City, charter schools now serve one in five students, according to a new IBO report, which also compares charter networks' raw test scores.
July 2, 2015
Why New York City’s high school admissions process only works most of the time
In his new book, Alvin E. Roth offers an economist's answer to an important question: Why do some NYC eighth graders still not get into any high schools of their choice?
Making the grade
July 1, 2015
After rule changes, fewer students held back, sent to summer school
The number of students headed to summer classes has fallen to its lowest level in six years and the share of students held back a grade has declined by half.
annals of transparency
June 17, 2015
De Blasio signs law requiring new school diversity reports
The School Diversity Accountability Act will require the city to account for any steps it takes to advance diversity in schools and programs citywide.
June 9, 2015
Changes to high school guide reflect new push for community schools, family-friendly data
The newest guide continues the city's bid to make school data more family-friendly by emphasizing absolute performance, not progress or comparisons to other schools.
the road to 70000
June 8, 2015
As city plans pre-K year two, most families get a top-choice offer
The event followed the city’s rollout of a unified enrollment system that let parents apply to both district schools and community organizations offering pre-K next year.
June 5, 2015
City to reduce number of latecomer students sent to Renewal high schools
The move offers some relief from one enrollment quandary facing the city's low-performing schools.
By the numbers
May 28, 2015
City’s struggling schools face another annual test: enrollment
The city’s efforts to turn around nearly 100 long-struggling schools are likely to run up against enrollment roadblocks, according to an IBO analysis.
April 22, 2015
IBO: Students at elite high schools come from wealthier neighborhoods
Just 11 percent of specialized high school students live in the city's poorest areas, compared to 30 percent of other students, according to the education data watchdog.
April 14, 2015
72 percent of families get top kindergarten pick as fewer schools have waitlists
Still, 10 percent of the nearly 68,000 families that applied did not get matched with any of the schools on their applications.
By the numbers
March 12, 2015
District and charter schools post similar attrition rates, as enrollment debate presses on
New research shows that low-performing students leave charter and district at similar rates. But a debate about what that means for charters is growing increasingly feisty.
March 6, 2015
Fariña: SHSAT should count for some, not all, of specialized HS admission decisions
"What percentage is valid? I certainly think between 60 and 70 percent for the test, makes sense, to keep the test," Chancellor Fariña said.
By the numbers
March 5, 2015
Share of black, Hispanic students offered specialized high school seats remains low
Few black and Hispanic students won admission to eight of the city's specialized high schools this year as their admissions process faces continued scrutiny.
March 5, 2015
New report challenges de Blasio’s strategy for upping diversity in specialized HSs
Nixing the SHSAT would increase the share of white and Hispanic students admitted, reduce the share of Asian students, and in some cases reduce the share of black students.
March 4, 2015
Recruitment, finance troubles force closure of charter school that opened in Tweed
Innovate Manhattan, which got its start in the Department of Education headquarters, will close its doors at the end of this year.
December 30, 2014
State offers city $10M to improve diversity at eight low-performing schools
Updated, 4:55 p.m. — The state is offering the city up to $10 million over the next three years to increase diversity…
December 18, 2014
IBO: City gifted programs can’t serve most eligible students
The city’s education data watchdog has confirmed what families have long experienced: Meeting the eligibility bar for city gifted programs is no guarantee of admission.
December 11, 2014
Debate over high school admissions test divides City Council
Last December, city officials said they were working to expand access to the SHSAT, though a test-prep program had shrunk.
December 4, 2014
Black alumni of specialized high schools: SHSAT needs scrutiny, not just defenders
A group of black alumni of the city’s specialized high schools say the alumni coalition calling to retain the current admissions system doesn’t fully…
December 1, 2014
As Council mulls diversity bills, elite high school alumni groups defend admissions policies
The New York City Council’s next education meeting is 10 days away, but one agenda item has already touched off a formal repudiation. Alumni groups…
November 25, 2014
How de Blasio is perpetuating Bloomberg’s myth of the failing school
Education professor David Bloomfield: In his renewal plan for struggling schools, Mayor de Blasio has mistakenly fallen for a myth usually promoted by his conservative adversaries: that failure is the fault of individual schools, not the school system.
diversity of opinion
October 22, 2014
Council increases pressure on city to address school segregation
City lawmakers introduced a slate of legislation Wednesday meant to prod the administration to boost diversity in the city school system. But it’s unclear whether city officials are interested in wading into the jumble of zones, district rules, and citywide policies that together determine which students attend what schools.
September 12, 2014
For some students, starting school is a complicated process
The first day of school has come and gone, but not everyone is enrolled in a school yet. Here are a few family stories.
July 22, 2014
Adult students with poor literacy getting short shrift, teachers say
A recent bulletin from the Office of Adult and Continuing Education urged principals to refer low-level students to free classes at the library. The department says referrals benefit students, but longtime adult educators are worried that the department is shortchanging the city's neediest adult learners.
July 11, 2014
City plans Bank Street teacher training ahead of fall pre-K push
As Mayor Bill de Blasio readies the city for a prekindergarten expansion this fall, thousands of teachers will go through training at Bank Street…
July 9, 2014
Comptroller's report takes aim at city's past efforts to decrease overcrowding
A new audit by Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office takes aim at Bloomberg-era efforts to minimize school overcrowding, and urges the city to keep better records of its new push to reduce the number of jam-packed buildings.
July 1, 2014
NYC charter schools join national coalition aimed at de-segregating sector
Charter schools are seeking to change the narrative that they’re part of the problem when it comes to segregation in public schools. Two New York City…
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