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Statement From The Education Trust on the Support Making Assessments Reliable and Timely (SMART) Act

WASHINGTON (January 21, 2015) — The Education Trust issued the following statement on the Support Making Assessments Reliable and Timely (SMART) Act, introduced yesterday by Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). This act is a companion to the bipartisan legislation introduced by Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) and Rep. Ryan Costello (R- Penn.).

Statement From The Education Trust on Chairman Lamar Alexander’s ESEA Draft

WASHINGTON (January 15, 2015) — The Education Trust issued the following statement today on Sen. Lamar Alexander’s (R-Tenn.) draft of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the Every Student Ready for College or Career Act of 2015:

“There is an emerging consensus among leaders in the education, business, civil rights, and disability communities on a framework for reauthorization that includes  maintaining statewide annual tests, publicly reporting the results of those tests for every group of children, and — most important — acting on the results. There are elements of this framework in Senator Alexander’s draft, which gives us hope for a strong bi-partisan bill. But those elements need to be considerably strengthened if the law is to take us forward, instead of back to a time when the nation’s most vulnerable students were neither expected to achieve nor given the resources they needed.

More Than 20 Civil Rights Groups and Education Advocates Release Principles for ESEA Reauthorization: "The Federal Role Must Be Honored and Maintained

Washington – Today, nearly 20 civil rights groups and education advocates released shared civil rights principles for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

The New York Times and Washington Post reported on the coalition's insistence on annual, standardized testing as part of ESEA reauthorization. On The Equity Line, Ed Trust President Kati Haycock explains.

Statement From The Education Trust on the U.S. Department of Education’s College Ratings Framework

WASHINGTON (December 22, 2014) — José Luis Santos, vice president of higher education policy and practice at The Education Trust, issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Education’s college ratings framework.

Statement From The Education Trust on the U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher Preparation Regulations

WASHINGTON (November 25, 2014) — The Education Trust issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed rule to improve teacher preparation programs announced today.

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.

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