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The Coalition for Multiple Pathways to a Diploma hosts a policy briefing on the graduation crisis in New York State

05.12.2014 | In New York State, 25% of all high school students—and 55% of students with disabilities and 65% of ELLs—fail to graduate in four years. Each student who leaves high school without a diploma costs the State at least $70,000 in lost tax payments and increased welfare and crime expenditures. 

On Wednesday, April 30, 2014, the Coalition for Multiple Pathways to a Diploma, which is coordinated by AFC, held a policy briefing in Albany to discuss New York’s graduation crisis and the need for meaningful alternative pathways that provide ALL students with a variety of ways to demonstrate they meet standards and are college or career ready. At the briefing, which was co-sponsored by State Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan and Senator John Flanagan, parents and students shared their experiences with New York State's high-stakes exit exams. Advocates, educators, and service providers also offered recommendations for instructional models that can help at-risk students graduate and alternatives to the high-stakes exit exams that currently serve as barriers to graduation. 

policy briefing in legislative hearing room

View a PowerPoint presentation from the policy briefing with more data on graduation rates, and check out our recent report for more information on multiple pathways offered in other states and detailed recommendations from the Coalition.