Is Demography Still Destiny: AISR report looks at NYC demographics and college readiness
In spite of a decade of efforts in New York City to expand high school choice and close achievement gaps, a new AISR study shows that demographics still stubbornly determine student success.
The portfolio district model adopted by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York City is often held up as a national model for high school "choice," touted as the best way to reduce pernicious race- and income-based achievement gaps. According to this model, student demographics are “no excuse” for poor performance: teacher quality is the single most important determinant of student success.
But in spite of a decade of efforts by the New York City Department of Education to expand choice and ensure that the most disadvantaged students do not invariably attend the most disadvantaged schools, a new AISR study on college readiness shows that student demographics still stubbornly dictate destiny.
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