Appleseed was proud to work with the Feerick Center for Social Justice, IntegrateNYC, Sean Corcoran (the leading scholar on New York City’s high school choice process), and the other members of a subcommittee on high-school admissions “rubrics” convened at the request of the New York City Department of Education. We were charged with developing guidance and recommendations to the Department on issues of oversight and transparency relating to these processes – both during the current public-health crisis and beyond.

The Covid-19 pandemic has already caused a series of unforeseen changes in our educational system, such as the cancellation of state tests and attendance records during remote learning. We argue in this report that it is imperative at this moment that the DOE finally assume oversight and control over admissions processes playing out in the dark at individual schools.

Read the full set of guidance and recommendations here.

Read Councilmember Brad Lander’s letter in support of the recommendations here.

Guidance on New York City’s Screened High Schools During COVID-19