Leanna Stiefel, Wagner School and Institute for Education and Social Policy, New York University
Amy Ellen Schwartz , Institute for Education and Social Policy and Wagner School, New York University
(Ross Rubenstein, Syracuse University, co-author, not presenting)
(Jeffrey Zabel, Tufts University, co-author, not presenting)
Abstract: This poster presentation will summarize results on the relationship between the grade span organizations of elementary and middle schools and individual student performance on English and math assessments. The study exploits the natural variation found in the country's largest school district (New York City) and takes advantage of unique longitudinal data on students from first through eighth grades. The research is one of the first efforts to systematically identify and measure the effects of school grade span organization on student achievement in a large urban school district.
The poster will summarize results from the sparse existing literature on the topic, describe the way New York City schools are organized, present hypotheses and findings on correlates of various grade span organizations, identify the methodology used to identify causal relationships between grade span and student academic achievement and present illustrative results. Finally, the poster will describe the next steps in this project, which include: