Beating the Odds; Building Opportunities!

Research results are now posted: please see bottom of this page.

Strategies to boost the achievement of Economically Disadvantaged students.

Manya conducted a study to identify strategies used by New York State public schools whose Economically Disadvantaged students are doing well.

Using publicly-available data, Manya contacted schools that are outside of NYC, are not charter schools, and have

  1. 40% or more poverty
  2. 25% or more of ED students scoring 3 or 4 on the 2016 NYS ELA;
  3. 65% or more of ED students scoring 2, 3, or 4 on the 2016 NYS ELA
  4. 30 or more ED test-takers;
  5. no admissions criteria other than residency; and
  6. no in-district school choice.

177 schools, just 16% of those eligible, met these criteria.

Each study school was asked to identify strategies that they believe are working to boost the performance of their Economically Disadvantaged students.

A conference on this topic was held on June 8, 2017.

Please click here for the powerpoint that was shown at the conference.

Please click here for the text of the keynote delivered while showing the powerpoint.

Please click here for additional slides.

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