External Reports

NYGEAR UP Summary Impact Findings for Buffalo Public Schools

  • Measurement Incorporated (MI) solicited several potential comparison schools in regions across the state where NYGEAR UP was being implemented. Buffalo Public Schools was willing to offer matched comparison schools and students, starting in 2015-16, the second year of the grant, i.e., the end of Grade 8. To date, Measurement Incorporated (MI) has furnished brief reports for the years 2015-16 (Grade 8), 2016-17 (Grade 9), 2017-18 (Grade 10), and 2018-19 (Grade 11). These can be found below.


  • The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), in the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, just released summary information from the survey "Teachers’ Use of Technology for School and Homework Assignments: 2018–19". A number of Buffalo Schools participated in the survey, and each school’s participation and the willingness of teachers to complete the survey was critical for the success of the study. The survey was sponsored by NCES and conducted by Westat, using the Fast Response Survey System (FRSS).


    The survey was conducted in response to a request from Congress about the educational impact of students’ access outside the classroom to digital learning resources, such as computers and the Internet. The survey responds to the congressional request by collecting data such as:


    • the location and types of devices and technologies that students use for educational purposes,
    • the impact that students’ access to technology outside of school has on teachers’ homework assignments, and
    • ways that schools and teachers address challenges that students with limited access to technology face in completing homework assignments.


    The survey focuses on information that can best be provided by teachers from their perspective and direct interaction with students. It provides nationally representative data of public school teachers who taught at least one regularly scheduled class in grades 3–12 and taught either self-contained classes or departmentalized classes in one or more of the core subjects of English/language arts, social studies/social science, math, or science. Teachers were asked to respond about the students they were teaching during the 2018–19 school year.


    The report is available on the NCES website at http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2020048