Raising Student Performance
From 2005 to 2012 graduation rates increased 42%. In 2013, the City’s four year graduation rate was 66%, an all-time high.
In 2002, none of the top 25 elementary or middle schools in the state were in New York City. In 2013, 22 out of the top 25 schools across the state were in New York City.
NYC more than doubled its spending on education ($5.9B in FY02 to $13.6B in FY14), far outpacing the state and nation.
From 2005 to 2012, the percentage of students earning a Regents or Advanced Regents Diploma increased by 31.5 percentage points (a 105% increase), from 30% in 2005 to 61.5% in 2012.
Achievement of Black and Hispanic Students
In 2005, only 40.1% of Black students and 37.4% of Hispanic students graduated in four years; in 2012, the numbers grew to 59.8% and 57.5% respectively.
The black-white achievement gap on graduation rates went from 23.9 points in 2005 to 18.3 points in 2012 – a decrease of 23%. The Hispanic-white gap on graduation rates went from 26.6% in 2005 to 20.6 points in 2012— a 23% decrease.
Lowered Dropout Rate
The dropout rate was cut nearly in half, from 22.0% in 2005 to 11.4% in 2012.
College Ready Rate
In 2005, 16.0% of students achieved the College Readiness Index (CRI), while in 2012, 28.6% of students met this standard, an increase of 12.5 percentage points or a 78.3% increase.
NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress)
From 2003 to 2012, New York City public school students improved an average of eight points in 4th grade math, six points in 8th grade math, and ten points in 4th grade reading—all statistically significant increases that mirrored or exceeded trends seen across the nation.
Ended Social Promotion
Beginning in 2008, the Bloomberg administration began ending social promotion in grades 3-8.
Invested in Early Childhood Education
Enrollment in Universal Prekindergarten increased by nearly 40 percent – from 40,000 in 2002 to 55,300 in 2013.
Added 150 Minutes to School Week
In 2005, the Bloomberg administration lengthened each school day by an average of 30 minutes.
Increased SAT Participation
New York City SAT participation increased 53% from 2002 to 2013.
Increased AP (Advance Placement) Participation
During the 2012-2013 school year, nearly 35,600 students took at least one AP exam, an increase of more than 107 percent since 2002.
New Schools Created
From 2002 to 2013, 654 new public schools opened in NYC, including 173 charter schools, increasing the number of high-quality options for students.
Classroom Seats Added
From 2003 to 2012, more than 126,000 classroom seats were added and the City is on track to have added more than 130,000 by 2014.
The Bloomberg administration created more than 200 new small district high schools. In large high schools that were split into smaller schools, the overall graduation rate increased from 37.9% at the large high schools in 2002 to 67.7% in the new small schools in the same buildings in 2012. This translated to 2,056 more graduates per year.
Raised GED Passing Rate
71% of GED test takers who attended the City’s preparation program in the 2012/2013 school year passed. This pass rate was above the national pass rate of 69% and the statewide pass rate of 54%.
A parent coordinator installed in every school and information – like attendance, academic history, current grades and tools for parents to help their students reach graduation – was made accessible via ARIS Parent Link.
Drop in Chronic Absenteeism
In 2011-2012 chronically absent students with mentors gained an additional 11,820 more days of school when compared to their counterparts without mentors at comparison schools. The Mayor’s Truancy Task Force created the largest, most comprehensive school-based mentoring effort in the nation.