Statement: StudentsFirstNY Questions the IBO Analysis of NYC School Closures

"The report released by the IBO implies that students left behind in failing schools as they phase out are harmed, but the findings contradict those of the Research Alliance which released a similar study in November using a more robust sample of schools (the IBO study looked at 6 schools while the Research Alliance analyzed results from 29 schools). Most notably, the IBO only looked at students who remained enrolled in schools while they phased out, not those who benefited from being able to attend new small schools. What's more important to consider is the effect of a closure on future students, which the Research Alliance did," said StudentsFirstNY Executive Director Jenny Sedlis.


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