Jay P. Heubert is a professor of law and education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and an 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. Heubert has also served as chief counsel to the Pennsylvania Department of Education; a trial attorney in the civil rights division of the 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 1997–1998, he directed a congressionally-mandated study of high-stakes testing for the National Academy of Sciences. From 2000 to 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.
His publications include “Understanding Dropouts: Statistics, Strategies, and High-Stakes Testing,” National Academy Press, 2001; “High Stakes: Testing for Tracking, Promotion, and Graduation,” National Academy Press, 1999; and Law and School Reform: Six Strategies for Promoting Educational Equity, Yale University Press, 2000.
Heubert received his J.D. 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.