Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur la formation et la profession enseignante (CRIFPE)

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The Research Alliance for New York City Schools (2019). Better Evidence for Better Schools : Insights from the First 10 Years of the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. New York City, USA : The Research Alliance for NYC.




Ten years ago, a diverse group of New York City leaders—including representatives from the NYC Department of Education (DOE), the teacher and administrator unions, the philanthropic and business communities, and New York University—came together to establish the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. These leaders held wildly divergent views about key issues in education, but coalesced around the need for better evidence about problems facing the City’s schools and about the effectiveness of reforms aimed at solving these problems. Today, the Research Alliance is a vital part of NYC’s civic infrastructure. Our mission is to conduct rigorous studies on topics that matter to the City’s public schools. We work closely with policymakers, educators, and other stakeholders to identify pressing research questions and carry out relevant projects. We maintain a vast archive of data on NYC schools and communities—which is, to our knowledge, the largest and most comprehensive education database in the country. To date, we have undertaken more than 40 major studies, conducted field work in hundreds of NYC schools, interviewed thousands of educators and students, and administered more than 56,000 original surveys.1 What have we learned from this work? What evidence have we amassed that can help City leaders better allocate resources, more meaningfully assess student progress and school performance, and ultimately serve students, families, and communities more effectively? In 2014, we released the first “Better Evidence” brief, which compiled key findings and lessons from the Research Alliance’s early years. We are pleased to say that we know more now than we did five years ago. This updated take on “Better Evidence for Better Schools” highlights important insights from our first decade of work, including an assessment of system-wide progress and challenges, lessons learned about district policies aimed at promoting more effective schools, and insights about the school-level strategies and practices that appear to be making a difference for NYC students. We also note several new areas of inquiry that we hope to pursue in coming years—as we continue providing rigorous, relevant, credible evidence to inform public education debates, in NYC and beyond.


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Université de Montréal
Faculté des Sciences de l'Éducation
90, avenue Vincent d'Indy
Pavillon Marie-Victorin – C-536
Outremont (Québec) H2V 2S9

Adresse postale

Université de Montréal
Faculté des Sciences de l'Éducation
CRIFPE – C-543
C.P. 6128, succursale Centre-ville
Montréal (Québec) H3C 3J7