Equity and Excellence for All

Every child deserves an excellent education. It’s up to all of us to make sure we provide it. Let’s shape the next generation of New York’s voices and minds. Let’s empower students in every neighborhood on their path to success. We believe in every child’s future.

The DOE works hard to ensure that students in every borough, district, neighborhood, and school have the tools they need to achieve their dreams. We know that excellence is more than a goal, it is the birthright of every child in our city. We know that equity is more than a slogan, it is the promise we make to our students and it requires hard work.

Equity means meeting every student where they are, and providing the support, resources, and high expectations for them to achieve at consistently high levels. To do this, we must invest the additional resources and supports to build your trust, throughout New York City. By investing in schools where help is most needed, we can help to uproot poverty, repair inequality, and start treating gaps in performance for what they are –gaps in opportunity.

Ensuring opportunity is a focus point for each and every one of our priorities:

Ensure Excellent Instruction in Every Classroom, Great Schools in Every Neighborhood

The only way we change outcomes for students is through the classroom. How we recruit, select, support, develop, and hold teachers accountable makes a big difference. We also know that one key to rigorous instruction is quality curriculum. We must also provide the professional learning, resources, supportive environment, and supplies necessary in every school across the city.

Support the Whole Child, Partner with Families and Communities 

Schools can’t do it alone, it takes true partnership with families and communities to meet the needs of each student. Communication must be a two-way street that ensures families and communities become partners in improving our schools. We must build strong family and community ties to positively impact our students’ lives and achievement.

Spur Collaboration, Break Down Silos

As the nation’s largest school district, we believe our size and diversity make us powerful. Eighteen hundred schools who can help each other grow by making sure teachers and school leaders can collaborate to identify and solve problems together.

Develop Leaders for the Future

Strong leadership is necessary at all levels of the system. To change the way things are, we need leaders with vision, skill, and courage. Leaders who can create a culture of trust where all staff are valued and respected. From teacher leaders and principals to central office directors and deputy chancellors, superintendents, field support centers – it takes effective leadership in our schools and throughout our system to create change.

Our Goals

By 2026:

  • Eighty percent of our students will graduate from high school on time.
  • Two-thirds of our graduates will be college ready.

To reach these goals, we must:

  • Start early.
  • Support strong teachers and a strong curriculum in every school.
  • Meet communities where they are.

Our Initiatives

Universal Literacy

What is the goal?

Through Universal Literacy, schools receive support from a dedicated reading coach, who works with kindergarten through second grade teachers to ensure students are reading on grade level by the end of second grade. The goal of the initiative is to have at least two-thirds of students reading on grade level by the end of second grade by 2022, with the target of 100 percent of all second graders reading at grade level by 2026.

Who have we reached?

Two-hundred-forty-two Universal Literacy reading coaches are supporting all 305 elementary schools, and serve approximately 75,000 kindergarten through second graders across 14 districts, including all districts in the Bronx.

Algebra for All

What is the goal?

Through Algebra for All, by 2022, every student will have access to algebra in eighth grade, complete algebra no later than ninth grade, and there will be academic supports in place in elementary and middle school to help more students become ready for algebra in eighth grade.

Who have we reached?

To date, approximately 900 teachers across 357 elementary, middle, and high schools have received Algebra for All training to strengthen math instruction and are working to increase the amount of time they devote to math instruction. One hundred-thirty-nine elementary schools are working to “departmentalize” Fifth-grade math – having their math instruction led by a specialized teacher who has received intensive training.

AP for All

What is the goal?

Every high school student will have access to advanced placement (AP) courses. New AP courses and preparatory courses started in 2016. Seventy-five percent of students offered at least five AP classes by fall 2018. By fall 2021, students at all high schools will have access to a full slate of at least five AP classes, thereby increasing college and career readiness for all students.

Who have we reached?

One-hundred fifty-two high schools are offering new AP courses, including 60 that offered no AP courses before the initiative.

Computer Science for All

What is the goal?

Through an unprecedented public-private partnership with lead partners NYC Foundation for Computer Science Education (CSNYC) and Robin Hood, by 2025, all NYC public school students will receive high quality Computer Science (CS) education at each school level: elementary, middle, and high school. Over the next 10 years, the DOE will train nearly 5,000 teachers who will bring CS education to the City’s ~1.1 million public school students.

Who have we reached?

Approximately 900 teachers across 524 elementary, middle, and high schools have participated in intensive training for teachers to provide Computer Science lessons and units in their schools.

College Access for All - Middle School

What is the goal?

Every middle school student will be exposed to a college-going culture and will have the opportunity to visit a college campus. The campus visit will be embedded in a broader set of student and parent workshops focused on planning for high school and college.

Who have we reached?

For the 2017-18 school year, College Access for All will be in over 350 middle schools across 22 districts. The program will expand to include every middle school in 2018-19.

College Access for All - High School

What is the goal?

Every high school student will have access to a true “college-ready” culture. By the 2018-19 school year, every student will graduate from high school with an individual college and career plan and have access to resources that will support them in pursuing that plan.

Who have we reached?

269 high schools are receiving training and funding to build a school-wide college and career culture. In addition to school-based programs, we will continue to expand on citywide supports for building college awareness and readiness. The initiative has eliminated the CUNY college application fee for low-income students, and made the SAT exam available free of charge during the school day for all high school juniors.

Single Shepherd

What is the goal?

Single Shepherd is pairing every student in grades 6-12 in District 7 in the South Bronx and District 23 in Brownsville with a dedicated school counselor or social worker who will support them in their school on the path to graduation and college enrollment.

Who have we reached?

Approximately 140 Single Shepherds are serving approximately 15,000 grade 6-12 students at all 49 middle and high schools in Districts 7 and 23.

The shepherds, who have received rigorous training, will each support approximately 100 students, and will provide academic, social, and emotional supports to ensure students are on a path to success.

District-Charter Partnerships

What is the goal?

District-Charter Partnerships will foster meaningful relationships between district and charter schools. This will create opportunities to share resources and best practices, and work collaboratively to strengthen their communities. By working together, district and charter schools can grow cooperatively to support equity and excellence for all students in New York City.

Who have we reached?

Over 120 district and charter schools are sharing best practices this school year, including co-located schools building campus community and sharing practices; collaborative learning partnerships through the District-Charter Collaborative; the KIPP through College Summer Bridge program; and training through the DOE Uncommon Schools-Impact Partnership. In addition, several community and high school superintendents are working to implement district-wide partnerships throughout the year.

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