College Readiness Measures Improve to Record Highs
City Will Build on Progress through Equity and Excellence for All Agenda
NEW YORK – Chancellor Carmen Fariña today released the 2015-16 School Quality Reports and announced that New York City’s postsecondary enrollment rate is its highest ever – 55 percent of New York City’s Class of 2015 (students entering 9th grade in Fall 2011) enrolled in a two- or four-year college, vocational program, or public service program after graduation, up 2 percentage points from the previous year and up 4 percentage points from the Class of 2013.
Measures of college readiness also improved to record highs, including:
- The percentage of all students in the Class of 2016 who graduated college ready, defined as graduating high school on time and meeting CUNY’s standards for college readiness in English and math, reached 37 percent in 2016, up 2 percentage points from the previous year and up 4 percentage points from 2014. Among graduates, the percentage of students meeting these standards rose to 51 percent, also up 2 percentage points from the previous year and up 4 percentage points from 2014.
- The percentage of students in the Class of 2016 who successfully completed courses and exams that will prepare them for college and careers, like Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams, increased to 47 percent, up 1 percentage point from the previous year.
Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Fariña’s Equity and Excellence for All initiatives will build on this progress so that, by 2026, two-thirds of graduates are college-ready, and 80 percent of students graduate high school on time. Specifically, initiatives including College Access for All, AP for All, Algebra for All, and Single Shepherd will promote increased college readiness and access to postsecondary options across all five boroughs.
“I am excited to see that the hard work of our educators is paying off with more students than ever before enrolling in college, and more students than ever before ready for college – but it’s clear there’s so much work to do,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “Our commitment to Equity and Excellence for All is about strengthening instruction, support, and innovation at all our public schools so that every child has a path to college, careers, and a successful adult life. We are working tirelessly to improve every child’s education, and I look forward to the progress we make together.”
“It’s exciting to see an all-time high number of students enrolling in postsecondary programs and graduating ready to succeed in college. This is excellent news for all of New York City. It is the result of tireless work by students, educators, and families working collaboratively to continually improve. Our School Quality Reports strengthen this collaboration by empowering school communities to utilize data to learn and to grow,” said Phil Weinberg, Deputy Chancellor for Teaching and Learning.
The School Quality Snapshot is a report designed to give families a clear, concise picture of the quality of each school, while the School Quality Guide provides more detailed information intended for schools to use to inform their planning efforts. Both reports were updated last year to align to the Framework for Great Schools, the DOE’s research-based approach to school improvement, and continue to be refined based on feedback from school leaders and communities as well as analysis conducted internally and by external researchers. Research has demonstrated that schools strong on the elements of the Framework are more likely to produce gains in attendance and student achievement, including a new preliminary New York City analysis that shows that – over the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years – schools strong on most Framework elements are eight times more likely to substantially improve student achievement.
This year, for the first time, the DOE is releasing School Quality Reports for transfer high schools, District 75 schools, Young Adult Borough Centers, and Early Childhood (i.e. K-2) schools at the same time as School Quality Reports for elementary, middle, and high schools. School Quality Reports for these school types were first released in Spring 2016, and highlight a number of measures that capture the unique nature of these school types and their performance.
In addition to being available on the DOE and individual schools’ websites, data from the School Quality Reports will be included on the School Performance Dashboard, the first public-facing DOE data tool that is also interactive. Users can customize their Dashboard – first released in Spring 2016 – using drop-down menus to select particular metrics and comparisons, and the Dashboard also features color coding and data visualization to allow users to identify and analyze trends, patterns, and strengths and areas of improvement for schools.
In addition to increases in college enrollment and college readiness, the 2015-16 School Quality Report results for elementary and middle schools also show gains in student achievement:
- In 2016, 38 percent of students met proficiency standards in English, up from 30 percent last year, while 36 percent of students met the standards in math, up from 35 percent last year.
- The percentage of students scoring at level 1 (the lowest level of proficiency) in both also decreased – from 34 percent in 2015 to 27 percent in 2016 in English and 34 percent in 2015 to 33 percent in 2016 in math.
More information about the School Quality Reports, including reports for individual schools, training materials, and a link to the School Performance Dashboard, is available at: http://schools.nyc.gov/Accountability/tools/report/default.htm.