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New Alliance Report Offers Educational Options for Over-age and Undercredited Students

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June 13, 2011 08:13 pm

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Federal education policy must address the nation’s off-track student population, or those who have fallen behind in credits or are over-age for their grade, according to a new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education. In considering policies to address these students’ needs, the publication calls on federal policymakers to consider lessons learned from the New York City Department of Education’s (NYDOE) Multiple Pathways to Graduation (MPG) initiative.

The report, Helping Students Get Back on Track: What Federal Policymakers Can Learn from New York City’s Multiple Pathways to Graduation Initiative, describes the MPG effort and its success in helping off-track students succeed, in part by acknowledging that they are a varied group that requires different educational settings in order to reach the same high standards.

“Just as mail carriers have policies in place to prevent lost packages and get delayed packages back on track, school systems need policies to identify students who have lost their way and help get them back on course,” said Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia. “Leaders of the New York City MPG effort recognized this early on and designed educational options specifically for students who had previously been unidentified and underserved. Lessons gleaned from this experience are an invaluable resource for educators and policymakers across the country.”

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