Design, Sites, and Data Sources
The impact study will take advantage of New York City’s lottery-based high school admissions process to define sets of students who randomly won and students who lost the opportunity to attend one of the P-TECH Grades 9-14 schools. The study will measure outcomes for multiple cohorts of students enrolled in the schools between the 2011-2012 school year and the 2020-2021 school year. Data for this piece of the study will be collected from the NYC Department of Education, the City University of New York, and the Research Alliance for New York City Schools.
The implementation study is focused on describing and documenting the P-TECH Grades 9-14 model in New York City and understanding how P-TECH schools differ from a set of comparison high schools in New York City. Specifically, it will describe the model’s components as implemented during the study period, will describe what happened in a set of comparison schools, and will help explain the impact findings.
The implementation study will use data collected from surveys, focus groups, and interviews with a variety of stakeholders, including students, staff, and school leaders from the high school and college systems in New York City and from industry partners.
The cost study will be conducted using the “ingredients” method: Cost data will be collected for the P-TECH Grades 9-14 schools and for the comparison schools. The cost study will use a combination of publicly available cost data and other cost data collected from participating partner organizations.