Office of Postsecondary Readiness

College Signing Day is New York City’s adoption of National College Signing Day, a program of the First Lady's Reach Higher Initiative. College Signing Day is held on/around May 1 to coincide with the date that most seniors must inform a college of their plans to enroll. Here in NYC, we are on Spring Break the week prior, we encourage schools to have as many seniors as possible make decisions by Friday before the break (April 22) and celebrate them for making those choices on Monday, May 2nd. Please visit the College Signing Day website to register, and for activity ideas and resources to help you plan an event to celebrate your seniors! 

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.

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 Institutecurrent 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 a two-year research effort examining how schools use the fundamental resource of time to provide opportunities for all students to enroll in the higher-level coursework and developmental experiences necessary for college and career. This report includes an overview chapter describing key themes, trade-offs and strategies; and provides individual case studies on ten model schools. A Reader’s Guide is included at the end to help navigate the report and apply lessons learned.

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 in 18 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