Welcome to a resource to support school improvement in New York State.

NYKids mission is to inform, inspire, and improve -

    • inform educators and others about school performance in comparison to other schools in the state
    • inspire educators through case studies and other reports of promising practices in odds-beating schools
    • improve schools through professional development in continuous improvement processes (COMPASS-AIM) 

NEW NYKids Study Announced for 2017-18: Critical Needs High School Study

Stakeholders in our state, as well as many others around the country, have raised concerns and made calls to examine why some "critical needs" students (i.e. economically disadvantaged, English Language learners, African-American, and Hispanic/Latino) have suboptimal high school outcomes - including four-year graduation rates. Therefore, we have designed a study highlighting several lines of research indicating the import of:

  1. Instructional leadership, especially inclusive-facilitative leadership
  2. Parent/family and community engagement
  3. Organizational capacity for academic, social, and emotional needs of diverse youth
  4. School culture and climate - particularly aspects that are culturally-responsive
  5. Culturally-responsive curriculum and instruction
  6. Assessment and interventions for struggling students
  7. Cradle-to-career systems for diverse youth.

Our focus this year is on identifying and studying schools with above-predicted (odds-beating) and predicted (typically performing) graduation outcomes for "critical needs" students.

Look for our findings in summer/early fall 2018.

For School Leadership Team opportunities with COMPASS throughout the year, CLICK here to ask for more information!

NEW DATA ADDED - to FIND YOUR SCHOOL (click left banner "Find Your School", choose school, 2016 comparisons now available)!!

Newest Study Findings re ELLs. Click on the study title: Promising Practices for Supporting English Language Learner Achievement.

Presentations on NYKids research:

"Adapting to ESL Policy Changes in New York: A Study of Odds-Beating Schools" paper presentation on May 1, 2017 at AERA's 2017 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX. See details and abstract here.

Also at AERA, researchers presented "High Literacy in Odds-Beating Middle Schools Implementing the Common Core." See abstract here and presentation slides from April 30, 2017 here.

New book on the Common Core Implementation Study, click here.

NYKids researchers teamed up with other School of Education faculty to complete Common Core related research projects in 2014- 2015. Click on the following link to see findings from the Study of the Practices & Processes of Odds-Beating Schools.

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