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2014 National Conference Resources: Session Presentations and More

2014 Conference LogoThe Education Trust 2014 National Conference is over, but there's no need to fret if you missed one of the thought-provoking concurrent sessions. Conference presentations are posted here, and you can read The Equity Line blog for stories you might have missed from the two marvelous days we spent together in Baltimore. Thanks for a great conference!

#EdTrust2014 Conference — Day 1/The Equity Line

#EdTrust2014 Conference — Day 2/The Equity Line

Kati Haycock to States: “Treat new ESEA guidelines as a floor, not a ceiling”

WASHINGTON (November 13, 2014) — Kati Haycock, president of The Education Trust issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Education’s ESEA waiver renewal guidelines announced today.

“Amid all the controversies created by No Child Left Behind, most educators agree that the law got one thing right: It fundamentally reshaped school accountability for an increasingly diverse country. No longer was it possible to be a ‘good’ school coasting by on schoolwide averages and sweeping large achievement gaps under the rug. To be a good school, a school had to do well by all the children it served.

“The administration’s 2011 waiver guidelines allowed states to back away from that focus on all groups of children. The results were worrisome. As we demonstrated in our October 2014 report, Making Sure All Children Matter, many schools received top ratings when their performance for low-income students or students of color was, at best, mediocre — and sometimes declining.

Statement From The Education Trust on the Department of Education's Guidance for State Teacher Equity Plans

WASHINGTON (November 10, 2014) — The U.S. Department of Education’s new guidance on equitable access to strong teachers creates an opportunity for action on one of the most important levers to close long-standing gaps in achievement among students. While there are excellent teachers in every community, evidence is clear: Too many students of color and low-income students don’t have the strong, well-supported teachers they need and deserve.

The guidance is an opportunity to correct this. We are hopeful about the possibilities it creates, but not naïve. The guidance could result in little more than a compliance exercise with no meaningful impact on students. Indeed, that’s what happened in 2006, the first time the Department of Education attempted to enforce the equitable access provisions in federal law.

Lost in the Numbers: Uncovering the Stories Behind School Dropout

WASHINGTON (November 6, 2014) — Nationwide, roughly 500,000 students drop out of high school each year. These students are disproportionately students of color, low-income — and male. Though graduation rates among such students are rising — often as a result of significant efforts from both educators and community groups — many students of color and low-income students continue to achieve far below their potential and gradually disengage from school. The Education Trust’s latest paper, “Butterflies in the Hallway,” digs underneath the numbers to describe in searing detail the often-gradual process of school disengagement.

13 Prominent Groups Call on ED to Stop Letting States Mask Achievement Gaps

Thirteen advocacy and civil rights organizations submitted a letter urging the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to correct course and ensure that in the next round of waiver renewals, states must make the achievement and attainment of each group of students count in ratings for all schools. Moreover, underperformance for any groups of students must trigger meaningful supports and interventions.

College Results Online Gets an Update

We’re excited to share an important update to College Results Online, an interactive tool with information on nearly every four-year college or university in the country. By providing data about college graduation rates, net price, and other important characteristics, the tool helps students identify colleges that fit their specific needs and provide them the best chance of earning a degree.

We’ve added two new features that will help users navigate College Results Online’s features and highlight colleges and universities that are not living up to their core public missions of ensuring access for low-income students and graduating students:

  • The tool now tags colleges that fall in the bottom 5 percent of all four-year colleges nationwide for their six-year graduation rates and enrollment of students from working-class and low-income backgrounds.
  • Another new feature is our video tutorial, which walks users through all of the website’s features to identify colleges that are the best fit for students.
  • Test your Higher Ed knowledge by taking this quiz.

Interested in learning more about Ed Trust’s College Results Online? Contact us to order copies of our College Decision Road Map, a step-by-step guide that helps students navigate this interactive Web tool.


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