Foundations Award $1.9 Million to Research Alliance for NYC Schools

New York University has announced grants totaling $1.9 million from a consortium of five foundations in support of the Research Alliance for New York City Schools.

Grants from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Ford, Wallace, William T. Grant, and Spencer foundations will support the alliance's core activities over the next three years, including fast-response data analyses that address policy questions and lay the groundwork for future initiatives; efforts to increase the visibility of the alliance's work via conferences and briefings, new publication formats, the Web, and media; relationship building with individual schools and school networks; and the development of new areas of research and related partnerships.

Launched in 2008 at NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, the Research Alliance for New York City Schools has undertaken more than twenty major research projects to date, including studies of the NYC school system and achievement gaps affecting various student populations, educational measures that go beyond test scores, tools designed to help keep students on track for success, and strategies aimed at improving struggling schools.

"These resources are critical for helping us build stronger connections with educators, policymakers, and community groups," said Research Alliance executive director James J. Kemple. "Our aim is to produce 'better evidence for better schools' by engaging a range of education stakeholders, and conducting research that is not only rigorous, but also relevant to the problems that educators face in schools and classrooms."