Press Releases and Statements

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).

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 John King Joining the U.S. Department of Education

WASHINGTON (December 10, 2014) — Kati Haycock, president of The Education Trust, issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Education’s announcement today that New York State Education Commissioner John King will join the department.

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

WASHINGTON (December 9, 2014) — The Education Trust issued the following statement on the Support Making Assessments Reliable and Timely (SMART) Act, bipartisan legislation introduced yesterday by Reps. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) and Jim Gerlach (R-Penn).

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.

The Education Trust Welcomes Matt de Ferranti as its Director of Legislative Affairs

WASHINGTON (November 18, 2014) — The Education Trust is pleased to announce Matt de Ferranti as the new Director of Legislative Affairs. In this position, Matt will lead the development and execution of The Education Trust’s K-12 and higher education government affairs work. His extensive background as a director of public affairs, policy advisor, attorney, campaign director, and teacher makes him uniquely qualified for this leadership position.

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.

Statement From The Education Trust on the U.S. 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.

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