New York’s Equity and Excellence for All initiative: it’s ambitious, it’s rigorous…

…and it’s working!


With the release of the DOE’s 2016–17 School Quality Reports, we have some great news to share about City schools and students!

Today, more of our high school graduates than ever before are enrolled in a postsecondary program (i.e., two- or four-year college, vocational, or public service program). According to our citywide School Quality Report, 57 percent of the City’s Class of 2016 (students who entered ninth grade in fall 2012) enrolled into a postsecondary institution after graduating from our schools. This percentage represents an increase of 2 percentage points from the City’s Class of 2015, and a 6 percentage point increase from the City’s Class of 2013.


In addition, more of our students are successfully completing courses and exams that prepare them for college and careers. Before graduating from our schools this past summer, the 49% of the City’s Class of 2017 (students who entered ninth grade in fall 2013) successfully completed more courses and exams that prepare students for college (i.e., Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate exams/courses) than previous graduating classes. This is a 2% increase from the prior year’s graduating class.

Other data-related tidbits include:

  • The percentage of all students in the Class of 2017 who graduated “college ready”—meaning they graduated high school on time and met CUNY’s standards for college readiness in English and math—reached 46 percent, up 9 percentage points from the previous year;
  • In 2017, 41 percent of students met proficiency standards in English, up from 38 percent last year. 38 percent of students met standards in math, up from 36 percent in 2016; and
  • For the fourth year in a row, English results improved in each of the City’s 32 Community School Districts across all five boroughs.

While these results have room for improvement, we are encouraged by the progress our students are already making. Ultimately, our goal for the Equity and Excellence for All initiative is to ensure that by 2026, 80 percent of the City’s high school students will graduate on time, and that two-thirds of them will be college-ready. Given what we are seeing so far, not only are we convinced that we are on the right path, but that our students and teachers are up for the challenge.

To learn more about the City’s School Quality Reports, check out our profile right here on The Morning Bell, and review our 2016–17 data on our website.



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