The New York City Department of Education is the largest school system in the nation, with nearly 1.1 million students, 135,000 employees (including nearly 80,000 teachers), and an annual budget of $14+ billion. Led by Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott, the Department of Education (DOE) is committed to creating a system of 1,600+ great schools. Since its inception in 2003, the Children First Agenda for New York’s schools has driven the DOE’s work in adopting uniform, rigorous curricula for all schools, starting new small schools to increase educational options for students, and transforming the structure and culture of the DOE to encourage educational excellence and the work necessary to support that goal.
As part of the DOE’s Division of Talent, Labor and Innovation, the Office of Talent Research and Data (ORD) is responsible for developing policies, programs, systems and tools that produce extraordinary teachers and leaders for NYC schools. The ORD team provides in-depth analyses linking human capital policies to the impact these programs have on student outcomes. These analyses provide critical information used to inform strategy, as well as to enable ORD and the DOE to continually assess and improve policies and programs. The ORD team also works to develop and improve the DOE’s ability to measure the impact teachers and school leaders have on student outcomes.