The Educational Opportunity Project (EOP) at Stanford University and the New York State Education Department (NYSED) have launched a five-year project to map the landscape of equity across the New York State education system.
The aim of the project, in which researchers will leverage 15 years’ worth of data from NYSED, is to provide actionable information about how past and current education policies and practices impact equity in the school system.
The research team – including Stanford Graduate School of Education professors Sean Reardon, Ben Domingue, and Francis A. Pearman – will analyze student, teacher, school, and district data to develop a set of equity indicators that New York can use to monitor students’ access to educational opportunities within the education system. The team will analyze these indicators to understand whether inequities in access to opportunities – such as early childhood care and particular features of a school or neighborhood – are connected to disparities in students’ academic outcomes, including test scores and graduation rates.
“School systems have tremendous power to address disparities in educational opportunity through decisions they make on a regular basis,” said Reardon, the Professor of Poverty and Inequality in Education at Stanford and director of the EOP. “Our hope is that this project will show how system policies can be targeted to combat inequities, and that it will serve as a model for other partnerships between researchers and state education agencies.”
In addition to measuring and mapping out patterns of disparities among student outcomes and opportunities to learn, the researchers will assess the reliability and feasibility of using measures of such opportunities in the New York State data system to monitor educational equity. They will also provide evidence about specific features of the education system – including state-level policies and local strategic planning – that lead to greater equality in student outcomes.
Over the coming years, progress updates from this effort will be shared with, and feedback sought from, policymakers and education leaders throughout New York’s education system. The goals are to provide transparent information about educational equity in New York, and to inform state and local collaboration intended to address disparities in access to learning opportunities.
The project was presented at the New York State Board of Regents meeting on November 14, 2022.
The Educational Opportunity Project (EOP) Research Team
NYSED Leadership Team
The EOP-NYSED partnership and research activities are supported by grants from the Institute of Education Sciences, the Spencer Foundation, and Stanford Impact Labs.
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