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Office of Postsecondary Readiness

The Office of Postsecondary Readiness researches and develops school and program models that help students graduate from high school ready for college and careers. .

Are you a student planning for college?
  • Check out the DOE College Planning Handbook
  • Visit NYC College Line for the latest resources and programs related to college.
  • Learn about starting the process, preparing for, getting in, paying for, staying in, and graduating college (updated regularly with live webinars and student scholarship contests).
  • Check out the main financial aid page for tips.

Are you a family member helping a student?

Are you a student (ages 15-21) still need a high school diploma before moving on to college/career?

More Postsecondary Readiness Resources

College and career readiness benchmarks for student development. These benchmarks underpin College Access for All is multi-year initiative ensuring that every high school student will have access to a true “college-ready” culture. By the 2018-19 school year, every student will graduate from high school with an individual college and career plan and have access to resources that will support them in pursuing that plan. 

Academic and Personal Behaviors Inquiry Institute is an opportunity for schools to gain a broad understanding of how student noncognitive factors/academic & personal behaviors affect school performance and how classroom environments and teacher practices influence the development and expression of these factors in the classroom. 

For the separate Advanced Academic and Personal Behaviors Institute, current participants can review their work securely. This Institute focuses on strengthening and scaling pedagogical practices learned in the Academic and Personal Behaviors Institute. The focus is scaling work by including more school-based practitioners. Schools receive coaching, turn-key resources and practices, and engage in "networked improvement communities."

School Time Lab is an initiative that leverages academic programming and supports schools in maximizing how they use time during the school day, in order to help strengthen school-based practices, create meaningful learning experiences to prepare students for college and career, and inform policy implications within DOE systems. STL works in partnership with the DOE's Research and Policy Support Group to evaluate impact. Click here to view more resources on maximizing time during the school day. 

The Transfer School Common Core Institute's How to Help Struggling High School Students Reach Common Core Standards: New York City's Comprehensive Approach is a report authored by Jobs for the Future, documenting the pilot phase of a promising professional development initiative designed to build the capacity of school leaders and teachers to prepare the city’s most vulnerable high school students to master the Common Core State Standards. These over-age and under-credited students attend transfer schools.

Career and technical education programs give students opportunities to master academic, technical, and workforce skills in specific industries. CTE includes work-based learning and internships.

Computer science for all (CS4ALL) is a multi-year public-private partnership that  promises every students will receive computer science education at each school level, over the next ten years. CS4ALL builds off of the success of the Software Engineering Pilot (SEP)  a computer science curriculum-development and teacher-training program for public middle and high schools.

New York City Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (NYC P-TECHs)
 offer six-year programs in which students can earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree while gaining job-related experiences and skills.

The Expanded Success Initiative is a research and design project in 40 schools as well as a new high school model development effort designed to improve college readiness and career outcomes for Black and Latino young men.

The Mastery Collaborative is a program/community for NYC public middle and high schools who are using, piloting, and/or exploring the use of mastery/competency-based systems. This community of practitioners aim to organize, explain, and strengthen mastery-grading and learning practices