Community Schools Research
Evidence of Effectiveness: The Research
The New York City Community Schools Model is based on a strong and diverse evidence base, and ongoing research continues to inform, evaluate, and improve the process.
There is a strong and diverse evidence base for the NYC Community School model. A NYC Department of Education
(DOE) review of over 20 national studies found that Community Schools have positive impacts on academic achievement,
graduation rates, post-secondary outcomes, attendance and attitudes towards school. Additionally, research
has shown the following results:
- Community Schools see greater parent involvement and reduced student absenteeism, and consistent school attendance is strongly tied to academic improvement at all grade levels.
- Increasing parent engagement is proven to increase academic outcomes for students.
- Increased instructional time—measured as the time students are engaged in learning—along with tutoring and high expectations, are strong predictors of higher achievement.
- Higher teacher attendance and job satisfaction have been observed in Community Schools.
- Community Schools are an efficient strategy, demonstrating a strong return on public investment.
For more information, read our Strategic Plan