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GreatSchools.org Adds Data on School Culture and Learning Environment to Profiles of Over 1,700 New York City Public Schools


OAKLAND, California, December 2, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Parents of New York City gained additional access to critical data that informs what happens every day in more than 1,700 public schools in the district. National nonprofit and school information site GreatSchools.org today announced the release of the New York City Department of Education’s 2019-2020 ‘school climate’ data School survey on GreatSchools.org profiles of public schools in the five boroughs.

The results of the annual survey provide insight into a school’s learning environment – important information for families to understand, but often difficult to find. With the integration of NYC School Survey results into GreatSchools profiles, parents and community members can now browse school information leadership, pedagogical rigor, teaching culture, family commitment, learning environment, and confidence – alongside traditional measures of school quality such as academic progress over time (student growth) and proficiency scores – in English and Spanish.

“We give parents reliable information to make decisions about their child’s education and advocate for high quality learning opportunities,” said Jon Deane, CEO of GreatSchools. “To do this, we rely on transparent data from major districts like the New York City Department of Education to collect and publish this vital information for parents. We hope that provide another easy point of access. Using this information will help parents feel more connected to their child’s school and confident in advocating for their child’s unique needs.

Today’s post reinforces GreatSchools ‘continuing efforts to broaden parents’ focus on school quality through school grade updates for emphasizing equity and uplifting student growth and adding data that speaks to a school’s culture, learning environment and curriculum.

Prior to the NYC School Survey, GreatSchools addition of data on school climate from the Illinois State Board of Education’s 5Essentials survey to Illinois public schools. Early results from this effort indicate that parents find the new information valuable, spending nearly twice as much time reviewing profiles that contain it than those that do not.

The components of the NYC School Survey are based on conclusions of the University of Chicago School research consortium, which demonstrated a link between strong performance in survey categories and positive student outcomes. In addition, unlike traditional measures of school quality, these data are not strongly correlated with student demographics.

For more information on the NYC School Survey and to access past and present results, visit New York Department of Education.

About GreatSchools
GreatSchools is the leading national non-profit organization that provides parents with essential information to improve their child’s educational opportunities. We are the only national organization that collects and analyzes data from 51 state and federal education departments to provide school quality analysis, insights, and ratings for parents, partners, researchers and policy makers. Over 46 million users annually visit GreatSchools’ award-winning website to learn more about schools in their area, explore research results, and access thousands of free, evidence-based parenting resources to support learning and the well-being of their child. Learn more about GreatSchools.org and join us on Twitter and Facebook.

SOURCE GreatSchools.org