Chancellor Fariña Announces Highest Ever Percentage Of Enrollment In College

November 15, 2017

Chancellor Carmen Fariña today released the 2016-17 School Quality Reports and announced New York City’s highest-ever postsecondary enrollment. 57 percent of New York City’s Class of 2016 (students entering 9th grade in Fall 2012) 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 6 percentage points from the Class of 2013.

The City is building on this progress through the Mayor and Chancellor’s Equity and Excellence for All agenda, which will ensure that, by 2026, 80 percent of students graduate high school on time and two-thirds of graduates are college-ready.

“More of our public school graduates are going to college than ever before – that is great news for our graduates and their families, and for the future of our City,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “This is what Equity and Excellence is all about: making sure all our kids, regardless of their zip code, get the education they need to go on to college and careers and thrive.”

“Through our Equity and Excellence for All agenda, we’re building on record college enrollment and starting our students earlier than ever on the path to college and careers,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “From 3-K through 12th grade, we’re committed to giving our students what they’ll need to succeed as adults, and parents are partners in that work.”

“Our focus on improving teaching and learning and supporting all of our students is making an impact: a record-high number of students are enrolling in postsecondary programs. This is made possible by the efforts of students, educators, and families every day,” said Phil Weinberg, Deputy Chancellor for Teaching and Learning. “We’re committed to using data to keep improving our instruction and outcomes, and our School Quality Reports are a key part of that work. They ensure that knowledge about our schools turns into power for our school communities to keep learning and growing.”

Measures of college readiness also improved, including:

  • The percentage of all students in the Class of 2017 who graduated college ready, defined as graduating high school on time and meeting CUNY’s standards for college readiness in English and math, reached 46 percent, up 9 percentage points from the previous year. Among graduates, the percentage of students meeting these standards rose to 62 percent.The increase was partially driven by changes to CUNY math remediation requirements and New York State math Regents exams. For example, in prior years, CUNY college readiness could be demonstrated by a student both achieving a particular score on a math Regents exam and completing an advanced math course; as of 2017, students can demonstrate CUNY college readiness and not require remediation based on their Common Core Math Regents score without the additional advanced math course.Using the previous methodology, we estimate there would be about a 4 percentage point increase in college readiness. We estimate that about 5 percentage points of the overall 9-point increase in college readiness can be attributed to the changes made by CUNY and SED.
  • The percentage of students in the Class of 2017 who successfully completed courses and exams that will prepare them for college and careers, like Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams, increased to 49 percent, up 2 percentage points from the previous year.

The School Quality Reports are available on the DOE and individual school websites. The School Quality Snapshot is designed to give families a clear, concise picture of the quality of each school, while the School Quality Guide provides more detailed information for schools to use to inform their planning efforts and for families and community members wanting to dive deeper into school data. Both reports were updated in 2015 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 preliminary New York City analyses that show that schools strong on most Framework elements are seven times more likely to substantially improve student achievement than schools weak in most Framework elements.

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Data from the School Quality Reports is also included on the School Performance Dashboard, an interactive data tool. Users can customize their Dashboard using drop-down menus to select particular metrics and comparisons over time, and the Dashboard also features color coding, graphs, and tables that 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 2016-17 School Quality Report results for elementary and middle schools also show gains in student achievement:

  • In 2017, 41 percent of students met proficiency standards in English, up from 38 percent last year, while 38 percent of students met the standards in math, up from 36 percent last year.
  • For the 4th year in a row, English results improved in each of the City’s 32 Community School Districts across all five boroughs.

More information about the School Quality Reports, including reports for individual schools, training materials, and a link to the School Performance Dashboard, is available online.

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