Project Updates

Metis to Evaluate New York City Race to the Top Initiative

Metis has begun an evaluation of the New York City Department of Education (DOE) Race to the Top (RTTT) initiative. In 2010, the DOE received a $256 million grant from New York State through the federal RTTT program to implement comprehensive school reforms. Now, in the third year of the project, Metis has begun to evaluate New York’s progress toward its goals in several areas for which it received funding.

RTTT is geared toward helping states:

  • adopt new standards and assessments that prepare students to succeed in college, the workplace, and the global economy;
  • build data systems that measure success and help teachers plan instruction;
  • recruit and reward effective teachers and principals; and
  • turn around low-achieving schools.

In New York City, Metis’s evaluation will focus on three of the city’s high-priority areas: integrating of Common Core state standards into curriculum, teaching, and formative assessment; strengthening teacher and school leader effectiveness; and increasing the number of high-performing schools, through both improvements in lower-performing schools and the creation of new schools. Because the New York City DOE’s RTTT initiative also aims to build the capacity of the networks that have been established to provide professional development and supports to schools, the evaluation will also focus on how successful these networks have been in facilitating the schools’ transition to the Common Core and promoting teacher and school leader effectiveness.

Metis will conduct interviews and surveys with staff at the DOE, individual schools, and networks, and will observe professional development activities. Metis researchers will also undertake case studies in a small number of schools to gain a deeper understanding of implementation successes and effective practices; challenges that students, teachers and schools are experiencing; and resulting outcomes and lessons learned from these efforts.

news archive - 2013

December 19, 2013
Kathleen Agaton Receives 2013 Making a Meaningful Difference Award

December 13, 2013
Metis and Eskolta Hold Forum on Measuring Success of Transfer Schools

October 22, 2013
Metis Paints School Mural on New York Cares Day

October 15, 2013
Metis to Present Results of Arts Education Studies at 2013 AEA Conference

October 15, 2013
Jing Zhu to Present Results of Drop-Out-Prevention Program at 2013 AEA Conference

August 22, 2013
The Magnet Compass Features an Interview with Metis’s Claire Aulicino

August 8, 2013
Fairfield County Community Foundation Puts Metis Research Results into Action

July 8, 2013
Metis Congratulates the Winners of New York State 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grants

June 21, 2013
Metis Begins Evaluation of Girl Scout Leadership Institute

May 9, 2013
Metis to Evaluate the PEP Foundation College Readiness Program

May 7, 2013
Metis Begins Audit of Baltimore County Magnet Schools

April 24, 2013
Metis to Evaluate New York City Race to the Top Initiative

April 4, 2013
Metis Staff to Present at AERA Conference April 30, 2013

April 4, 2013
Metis to Evaluate Boys & Girls Clubs of America Summer Program

March 5, 2013
Metis Evaluation Featured in National Striving Readers Report

February 28, 2013
Promise Neighborhoods Planning Grant Goes to Camden, New Jersey

January 10, 2013
Metis Begins an Evaluation Project with Palm Beach County Children’s Services

January 5, 2013
Ada Chau Receives Making a Meaningful Difference Award


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