New York City’s High School Admissions Process: How Well Does it Serve At-risk Students?

The City University of New York’s new CUNY Institute for Education Policy at Roosevelt House and the Research Alliance for New York City Schools at New York University invite you to a discussion of the latest research into New York City’s pioneering high school admissions program. Following a plan devised by this year’s Nobel Prize winner in economics, Alvin Roth, New York instituted an open admissions process for aspiring 9th graders in 2003, offering them a chance to attend almost any public high school in the city. How has it worked for New York’s disadvantaged students?

Lori Nathanson and Christy Baker-Smith of the Research Alliance for New York City Schools and Sean P. Corcoran of New York University’s Institute for Education and Social Policy have analyzed the impact of this open enrollment process on the City’s lowest achieving students. Join us for a conversation about their findings and the implications for students, parents, teachers, schools, and policymakers.

Following a light reception at Hunter College’s historic and recently renovated Roosevelt House, Dr. Nathanson will present her team’s findings. David M. Steiner, Founding Director of the CUNY Institute for Education Policy and the Klara and Larry Silverstein Dean at the Hunter College School of Education, will moderate a panel discussion that includes Joseph Viteritti, Thomas Hunter Professor of Public Policy and Chair of the Urban Affairs & Planning Department at Hunter College; Robert Sanft, director of the NYC Department of Education’s Office of Student Enrollment, which oversees the choice program; and Clara Hemphill, a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter and author of three bestselling guides to New York City’s schools. A Q&A with audience participants will follow.


Download a PDF of the presentation slides: New York City’s High School Admissions Process: School Choices and Placements of Academically At-Risk Students