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Reports on the Condition of New York Schools to be Presented at Forum

Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry(518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (September 19, 2003) -- The University at Albany's Education Finance Research Consortium (EFRC) and the New York State Board of Regents will sponsor a public forum to present two condition reports on New York public schools. The forum will be held on Friday, September 26th, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the State Museum Theater's Cultural Education Center in Albany. Both condition reports provide useful insights into important areas of education finance in New York.

This interactive forum will provide attendees the opportunity to ask questions, provide feedback and suggest avenues for future research. There is no charge to attend the forum but attendees are asked to pre-register to help ensure sufficient forum materials. Please visit the EFRC's website at for a registration form, send an email to or phone 518-442-3862.

"Test Score Gaps in New York State Schools: What do 4th and 8th Grade Results Show?" by Amy Ellen Schwartz and Leanna Stiefel (New York University) with Colin Chellman (New York University). This report examines the test score gaps in 4th and 8th grades by race and ethnicity, income and gender for all schools in New York State in the 2001-2002 school year. It reviews the magnitude and distribution of gaps, identifies characteristics of schools that beat the odds by reversing or eliminating gaps and examines relationships between size of gaps and school and district characteristics.

"The Implementation of Academic Intervention Services (AIS) In NYS: Implications for School Organization and Instruction" by Kieran Killeen (University of Vermont) and John Sipple (Cornell University). This report describes the structural elements and instructional practices related to AIS programs. It identifies AIS program characteristics as they have been implemented across NYS middle and high schools, compares AIS staffing patterns to general NYS teacher staffing patterns and classifies AIS program characteristics and staffing by wealth, geographic location and school performance.

The Education Finance Research Consortium, a collaborative research and policy venture between the New York State Education Department, the New York Board of Regents, and the University at Albany, is located in the University's Center for Policy Research.

Established in 1844 and designated a center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany's broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages 17,000 diverse students in eight degree-granting schools and colleges. The University is engaged in a $500 million fundraising campaign, the most ambitious in its history, with the goal of placing it among the nation's top 30 public research universities by the end of the decade. For more information about this nationally ranked University, visit

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