The number of students in the city’s public schools who lived for some part of the school year in New York’s homeless shelters during school year 2015-2016 rose by more than 4,000, or 15 percent, over the preceding year to nearly 33,000.
The 2021 Disparity Report analyzes city-wide trends in racial disparities for youth and young adults in New York City across 28 indicators. The report finds that while disparities persist in four sectors (education, economic security, health and justice), outcomes have improved significantly.
About 75,000 students—or over 7 percent—of the city’s 1.1 million public school students lived in the city’s homeless shelter system or were doubled up in the home of a friend or family member at some point during school year 2013-2014.
The study used administrative data collected by the NYC Department of Education (DOE) and the NYC Administration for Children Services (ACS) to determine graduation rates of over 11,000 youth who spent time in foster care during their high school years 2005 through 2019.
In light of two recent high-profile school rezoning controversies in which overcrowded schools serving higher income students existed near underutilized schools largely populated by students in public housing, IBO examined the distribution of students from public housing across NYC public schools.
In the 2013-2014 school year, approximately 36,000 students took the test to determine their eligibility for a seat in a New York City public school Gifted & Talented program for the 2014-2015 school year.
There is a great deal of variation in average per pupil allocations across community school districts. In 2013-2014, the last school year in which budgets were set by the Bloomberg Administration, school district allocations averaged $8,255 per student in grades pre-k through 8.
Efforts to rezone elementary schools to increase socioeconomic integration and ease overcrowding can spark vigorous debate in the affected communities. But admissions methods vary across the 32 school districts, and even among individual schools within districts.