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IELP STUDY FINDS 40% OF NEWARK PUBLIC SCHOOLS ALTERNATIVE TEST STUDENTS GO ON TO COLLEGE

Joint Letter & Press Release from Institute on Education Law and Policy at Rutgers, Education Law Center, the CUNY Graduate Center and Newark’s Project GRAD

New research shows that 40% of the Newark students who earned diplomas through the State’s alternate High School graduation test went on to college or other post-secondary study.

Several education groups today are urging NJDOE to take immediate action to ensure that these students are not denied the opportunity to obtain a diploma this June. “Our research on post-school outcomes indicates that it would be a major mistake for the State — and a negative life-altering experience for thousands of young people—if the Department used the scores produced by this year’s Alternative High School Assessment (ASHA) process to deny diplomas to students who have successfully completed their coursework and met all other requirements for graduation,” the groups wrote in an April 19 letter to Education Commission Bret Schundler and State Board President Josephine Hernandez. The letter was signed by educators and researchers from the Institute on Education Law and Policy at Rutgers, Education Law Center (ELC), the CUNY Graduate Center and Newark’s Project GRAD.

A full copy of the Press Release and Letter to Commissioner & State Board are available at: http://ielp.rutgers.edu/docs/JointPressrelease.pdf; http://ielp.rutgers.edu/docs/Letter.pdf 

A full copy of the report will be available June 1, 2010.

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