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The SSRC's Education Research Program played the lead role in initiating, organizing, and launching a research consortium for New York City schools, based on the model provided by the Consortium for Chicago School Research. We assembled a team of experts to design a longitudinal data archive for storing data on how the city's schools are doing in terms of student achievement, quality of learning, attention to equity, and adequacy of services and resources. Armed with this information, city officials and educational leaders should be better able to ensure that all students have access to a high-quality education in the city. After three years of incubation at the SSRC, the project was launched in Fall 2008 as the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. It has now made its institutional home at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. For current information on the Research Alliance for New York City Schools, go to: