New York

Brief

A First Look at Effects on Postsecondary Persistence and Labor Market Outcomes

April, 2019
Rebecca Unterman, Zeest Haider

Four years after scheduled graduation, students from small high schools of choice, which have nonselective admissions and serve many disadvantaged students, were more likely to be enrolled in postsecondary education and to be participating in “productive activity” (being in college, being employed, or both) than their control group counterparts.

Brief

Engagement in New York City’s Kindergarten Application

March, 2019

Parents applying to kindergarten today must follow multiple steps. Identifying families who do not apply can help a school system improve its application process and can help it target families who need support. MDRC partnered with the New York City Department of Education to conduct this sort of diagnosis.

Report

Supporting Teachers with the Drive to Write Program

March, 2019
Emma Alterman, Rekha Balu, Zeest Haider

Good writing is an important skill that students are increasingly required to master in high school. But how does a school cultivate good writing? An ambitious new program called Drive to Write is using technology, coaches for teachers, and data on student progress to help answer this question.

Issue Focus

United2Read

March, 2019

Assessment-to-Instruction (A2i) is a data-driven professional support system that helps teachers tailor instruction for each child. When delivered with intensive in-person training, it is effective at improving students’ reading ability. This Issue Focus introduces the evaluation of a delivery model that uses technology to make the system more affordable.

Many high-need students do not learn to read well because they do not receive effective personalized literacy instruction during the early elementary grades. To address this, the data-driven A2i Professional Support System was designed by and for teachers, and it has shown strong evidence of effectiveness.

Infographic
December, 2018

In NYC P-TECH Grades 9-14 schools, students take an integrated sequence of high school and college courses with the goal of completing both high school and college, while simultaneously being exposed to hands-on work experiences. This infographic describes the model and introduces MDRC’s evaluation of it.

Report

Final Impacts of the Next Generation of Subsidized Employment Programs

May, 2018
Bret Barden, Randall Juras, Cindy Redcross, Mary Farrell, Dan Bloom

“Transitional jobs” are temporary, subsidized jobs meant to teach participants basic work skills or help them get started with an employer. The Enhanced Transitional Jobs Demonstration tested seven such programs for people recently released from prison or low-income parents behind on child support. This report presents the final impact results.

Report

Final Impact Findings from the Paycheck Plus Demonstration in New York City

September, 2018
Cynthia Miller, Lawrence F. Katz, Gilda Azurdia, Adam Isen, Caroline Schultz, Kali Aloisi

Paycheck Plus raises the top tax credit for low-income workers without dependent children from $500 to $2,000. In a three-year test, the program increased after-credit earnings, reducing severe poverty; modestly improved employment among women and more disadvantaged men; and led to more noncustodial parents paying child support.

Report

An Implementation and Early Impacts Report

September, 2018
Elisabeth A. Barnett, Peter Bergman, Elizabeth Kopko, Vikash Reddy, Clive Belfield, Susha Roy

Early findings show that using multiple measures to assess college readiness reduces the number of students placed in remedial classes and increases the number who enroll in and complete college-level math and English.

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