- The Study of New York Government
- The New York Constitution and the Federal System
- Political Parties in New York
- Campaign Finance Policy in the State and City of New York
- Public Opinion Polling and New York Politics and Governance
- Elections and Election Management
- Lobbying and the Interest Group System
- Politics and the News Media in the Empire State
- The New York State Legislature
- The Governor of New York
- The New York State Comptroller's Office
- The New York State Attorney General
- The Judiciary and Judicial Reform
- The Executive Branch
- New York State and the National Government
- New York in Fiscal Federalism
- The State and Its Localities
- New York State and New York City Relations
- New York State's “Foreign Policy”
- The Public Fisc in New York State
- New York State Education Policy and Politics
- Health Care Politics and Policy in New York State
- Public Safety Policy in New York State
- Higher Education in New York State
- Mental Health Policy in New York State
- Economic Development in New York State
- Welfare Policy in New York State
- The Environment in New York State
- Transportation Policy and Politics in New York State
- The Politics of Energy in New York State
- Selective Bibliography of New York Government and Politics: References
Abstract and Keywords
This article introduces the organization of prekindergarten to twelfth grade (P-12) education in New York. It reviews the history and recent developments in the areas of accountability, school finance policy, teacher policy and the role of the unions, and policies regarding school choice and educational alternatives to traditional public schooling. State-level institutions and actors play the greatest role in shaping New York's education system. New York has a reputation for holding students to high academic standards. The mayor's evidence for closing the achievement gap in New York City seems to be drawn in part from an analysis of data from New York's statewide testing program. The education system in New York City changed markedly over the long period of litigation. It is arguable that the most important improvements that New York can make to its education systems are improvements in the ways in which it collects, analyzes, and uses information.
Jack Buckley is Commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics and Associate Professor of Applied Statistics at New York University.
Allison Armour-Garb is Executive Director, Educator Effectiveness Policy and Programs, New York State Education Department.
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