Education reform in New York City (2002-2013)


Elwick, A. 2017. Education reform in New York City (2002-2013). Oxford Review of Education. 43 (6), pp. 677-694.
TitleEducation reform in New York City (2002-2013)
AuthorsElwick, A.

In 2002 Michael Bloomberg took office as Mayor of New York City and, over the next 12 years of his administration, oversaw a series of sweeping reforms in order to ‘fix’ the broken education system which he believed he had inherited. This paper details the key policy reforms in New York City’s public school system during this period, assessing the extent to which the reforms were successful and what can be learnt from a policy perspective for other urban education systems. It outlines the radical programme of school closure, structural reform, and the introduction of new measures of accountability and autonomy, concluding that reform in New York City can be grouped into four categories: leadership; structure and schools; accountability; and teachers. While a lack of targeted evaluation means that it is not possible to prove causation, it nonetheless shows that there is a correlation between this set of reforms and the fact that by 2013 New York City’s performance on national tests placed it amongst the best urban school districts in America when compared with other cities serving similar populations.

PublisherTaylor & Francis (Routledge)
JournalOxford Review of Education
Publication dates
Online15 Mar 2017
Print02 Nov 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited17 Feb 2017
Accepted30 Jan 2017
Output statusPublished
Accepted author manuscript
Copyright Statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Oxford Review of Education on 15/03/2017, available online:

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