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Attrition of Students from New York Schools

Susan Notes:
You don't have to be living in New York to find Walt Haney's testimony on Standards and Testing crucial.

Invited Testimony at Public Hearing "Regents Learning Standards and High School Graduation Requirements" before the New York Senate Standing Committee on Education
New York, New York

By way of introduction, I would like to summarize the general points I would like to convey:

1) The rate at which students are graduating from New YOrk high schools has been plummeting and the Empire State now has one of the worst graduation rates of any state in the nation.

2) Rates at which Black and Hispanic students are graduating from high school in New York are shockingly low.

3) Rates at which students in New YOrk are missing between grade 9 and 10 have been increasingly sharply over the last decade, a condition that boes ill for their likelihood of persisting in school to graduation.

4) The increasing attrition of students from New York public school prior to graduation is clearly associated with implementation of the new (ill-conceived) Regents graduation exams.

For the full report, go to the url below.

— Dr. Walt Haney



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