DOE Data at a Glance


There are 1,135,334 students in the NYC school system, the largest school district in the United States. Of those students:

  • 13.5 percent of students are English Language Learners 
  • 19.7 percent are students with disabilities 
  • 74.0 percent are economically disadvantaged
  • Race or ethnicity:
    • 40.5 percent Hispanic
    • 26.0 percent black
    • 16.1 percent Asian
    • 15.0 percent white 
  • 113,528 are in charter schools

Schools and Programs

There are 1,843 schools within the DOE as of September 2017, including 227 charter schools.

NY State Assessment Results for 2017

Overall gains in New York City public school students on State assessments in math and English language arts:

  • Grades three through eight made gains on the State’s annual math and English language arts exams.
  • From 2016 to 2017, NYC students meeting the State’s bar for proficiency increased by:  
    • 2.6 percentage points in English language arts – from 38.0 percent to 40.6 percent.
    • 1.3 percentage points in math – from 36.4 percent to 37.8 percent. 

Graduation and Dropout Rates

  • The four-year graduation rate increased by 1.2 percentage points, from 73.0 percent in August 2016 to 74.3 percent in August 2017. 
  • The dropout rate decreased by 0.6 percentage points, from 8.5 percent in August 2016 to 7.8 percent in August 2017. 

SAT and Advanced Placement

  • A record-high 61,800 juniors took the SAT exam in 2017, an increase of 51 percent since the previous year as a result of the first-ever SAT School Day offered in spring of 2017. 
  • A record-high 49,364 students took at least one Advanced Placement exam in 2017, a rise of 9.9 percent since the previous year. Over the last five years, there has been a 39.4 percent increase.

Citywide Information and Data

See the Citywide Information and Data page for more detailed reports and other information about:

  • Test Results
    • English Language Arts & Math
    • Regents exams
    • National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
    • Advanced Placement exams
  • Graduation Results
  • Demographics
  • Survey Results
    • NYC School Survey
    • Principal Satisfaction Survey
  • School Quality
    • School Quality Reports
    • Quality Review Ratings
  • Doing research on New York City public schools


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