***MEDIA ADVISORY – THURSDAY*** EDUCATION PANEL TO HEAR FROM COMMISSIONER SCHUNDLER ON ALTERNATIVE HIGH SCHOOL ASSESSMENT

(TRENTON) — The Assembly Education Committee is scheduled to receive testimony Thursday from Education Commissioner Bret D. Schundler on the administration and results of the state’s Alternative High School Assessment (AHSA).

The AHSA is an alternative to the standard High School Proficiency Assessment that determines student achievement in reading, writing and mathematics – per state Core Curriculum Content Standards – in contexts that are familiar and related to the students’ experiences. It replaced the Special Review Assessment, which had been criticized for being overused and inaccurate.

“We have an obligation to ensure that all our high school students graduate with a basic understanding of math and English,” said Diegnan (D-Middlesex) the committee’s chairman. “However, the stark drop in the passing rate between the Special Review Assessment and the AHSA demands a closer look. The committee will undoubtedly be very interested to hear Commissioner Schundler’s thoughts on what went right, what went wrong and where we should go next.”

The Assembly Education Committee is scheduled to meet 2 p.m. May 13, Committee Room 11, 4th Floor, State House Annex, West State Street, Trenton.

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