After years of feedback from students, parents, community partners, and educators, the NYC Department of Education is proud to launch the next-generation of its main website at www.schools.nyc.gov!
Featuring a streamlined look and feel, the DOE’s new website is easy-to-read and navigate, mobile-ready, more accessible for individuals with disabilities, and available in more than 100 languages, courtesy of Google Translate.
“Students and families need access to information to be truly empowered. This new website gives them meaningful, translated, easy-to-navigate information, right from their mobile devices,” said Chancellor Richard A. Carranza regarding the DOE’s new homepage. “It is designed to reach and support all New Yorkers, and I look forward to continuing to work with our communities to keep making it better and more responsive to their needs.”
To design the new website, the DOE used web analytics and feedback from families to gain a deep understanding of how users were interacting with our previous website. The new site features:
- Mobile-friendly navigation;
- Enhanced screen-reader compatibility, descriptively labeled images and hyperlinks, and easier keyboard navigation for individuals with disabilities;
- Improved search capabilities;
- Family-focused information written in plain language at a grade 6-9 reading level;
- Easy-to-use dropdown menus for frequently visited sections such as “Enrollment,” “Special Education,” and “Careers;” and
- “Calendar” and “Find a School” tools – the most-used tools on the old site – on every page.
In addition, the new website features improved translation capabilities for nine languages (Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu), and utilizes Google Translate to provide content in more than 100 languages.
By launching its new site in July, the DOE is ensuring that families and educators get enough time to get used to the site’s new look before the start of the 2018–19 school year. Launching in July also provides our site’s users with enough time to provide us with feedback that we can use to improve the new site throughout the school year.
Together with the new main site, the DOE has also launched the InfoHub, a new website that offers information targeted to partner organizations, policy makers, researchers, educators, families looking for more detailed data about City schools, and other audiences. The InfoHub also features an online portal for DOE employees that is similar to the DOE’s current Intranet.
We thank the DOE’s Division of Instructional and Information Technology (DIIT), the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, the NYC Department of Information Technology + Telecommunications (DOITT), the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics, the National Federation of the Blind, PruTech/American Eagle, and all of our other partners who helped develop and launch our new site.
To learn more about the DOE’s new website, check out the DOE’s “Welcome to the New Website” page and official press release, and let us know what you think about the new look in our official survey and in our comments section below!