Adjunct Professor of Law
525 West 120th St.
New York NY 10027
Jay P. Heubert is Professor of Education and Law at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Adjunct Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. He teaches courses on legal and policy issues in education. He is also faculty chair of the School Law Institute, a national professional education program, and Faculty Advisor to the Cahn Fellows Program for Distinguished New York City Principals. He received his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, and his doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He was a member of the Harvard faculty from 1985 through 1998, after which he came to Columbia. He has also served as chief counsel to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, an advisory specialist on school desegregation in the School District of Philadelphia, and a high-school English teacher in rural North Carolina.
In 1997-98, he directed a Congressionally-mandated study of high-stakes testing for the National Academy of Sciences. From 2000-2002, he was a Carnegie Scholar, conducting research on how promotion testing and graduation testing affect student learning and dropout rates, particularly for students of color, English-language learners, and students with disabilities. In June 2001, he received the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Alumni Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education.
Publications include Understanding Dropouts: Statistics, Strategies, and High-Stakes Testing (National Academy Press)(coeditor); High Stakes: Testing for Tracking, Promotion, and Graduation (National Academy Press) (coeditor); Law and School Reform: Six Strategies for Promoting Educational Equity (Yale University Press) (editor); "The More We Get Together: Improving Collaboration between Educators and Their Lawyers" (Harvard Educational Review); and "Schools Without Rules? Charter Schools, Federal Disability Law, and the Paradoxes of Deregulation" (Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review).