The New York City High School Admissions Study is a multi-year study that addresses the following four research questions:
1. To what extent do simplified informational tools improve NYC middle school students’ (a) knowledge about high schools and high school quality; (b) school choices and placements; (c) academic outcomes and engagement upon enrollment in high school; and (d) likelihood of graduation from high school?
2. How, if at all, do students respond differently to different types of interventions?
3. How, if at all, do students respond differently to the interventions based on their backgrounds (gender, race/ethnicity, English learner status, special needs status, test scores)?
4. What produces differences in responses to the information and decision supports?
Pilot Study (2015-2016)
The pilot study conducted in the 2014-2015 academic year included two components: a school-level randomized trial of two informational interventions in 29 schools, as well as school personnel surveys and interviews.
Scale-Up Study (2015-2016)
The scale-up study included 170 schools, which were randomly assigned to one of three informational interventions or a control group. The scale-up study also included student, parent, and guidance counselor interviews.
At-Scale Study (2016-2017)
In 2016-2017, the NYC High School Admissions Study expanded to include more schools. All 170 schools that participated in the 2015-16 study and an additional 250 schools were randomly assigned to receive one of the three informational interventions. The at-scale study also included school personnel surveys and interviews following the informational interventions.
Continuing At-Scale Study (2017-2018)
In the 2017-2018 school year, the NYC High School Admissions Study will deliver web-based informational interventions to the schools that participated in the 2016-17 study. The intervention resources, which include digital and printed materials, will be mailed to the schools at the start of the 2017 school year.