Press Releases and Statements

Statement From The Education Trust on CCSSO and CGCS’ Commitment on High-Quality Assessments

WASHINGTON (October 15, 2014) — The Education Trust is pleased to voice its support for a joint statement released by the Council of Chief State School Officers and Council of the Great City Schools that reaffirms their commitment to high-quality annual assessments aligned to college- and career-ready standards.

New Analysis Details Importance of Individual Group Accountability in State Systems, School Ratings

WASHINGTON (October 9, 2014) — State accountability systems mask the full story of student achievement, as shown in a new report by The Education Trust. When accountability systems allow schools to earn high marks despite their low performance for some groups of students, it sends a strong message about how the state values the academic progress of these groups.


WASHINGTON (October 2, 2014) – Today, the Reimagining Aid Design and Delivery (RADD) Consortium for Higher Education Grants and Work-Study Reform released a paper detailing how the federal government can modernize its financial aid system to be more efficient, to bring it in line with the needs of today’s students, and to make colleges and universities more accessible to the lowest income students.

Ed Trust on the Department of Education's “Dear Colleague” Letter on Resource Equity

WASHINGTON (October 1, 2014) — Today, the Office of Civil Rights sent a strong message that equity matters, and The Education Trust applauds their leadership. The “Dear Colleague” letter is a reminder that federal law requires more than good intentions to ensure the equitable provision of educational resources for students of color. It is not enough to rest upon laws, policies, and principles that are not enforced. Benign neglect is not acceptable.

Statement From The Education Trust on the Department of Education’s Teacher Equity Strategy

WASHINGTON (July 7, 2014) — Deborah Veney Robinson, vice president for government affairs and communications at The Education Trust, issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Education’s teacher equity strategy.

Statement from The Education Trust on Reps. John Kline’s and Virginia Foxx’s Principles for Strengthening America’s Higher Education System

WASHINGTON (June 26, 2014) — “We commend House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-Minn.) and Higher Education and Workforce Training Subcommittee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) for releasing their principles to move forward with reauthorizing the Higher Education Act (HEA). We are encouraged that the committee will work to improve data collection to capture all higher education students, including those who transfer and are part-time; strengthen educator preparation programs; and safeguard the Pell Grant program.

Statement From The Education Trust on Sen. Tom Harkin’s Higher Education Affordability Act

WASHINGTON (June 25, 2014) —The Education Trust issued the following statement in response to Sen. Tom Harkin’s (D-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, proposal to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA).

Ed Trust Welcomes Deborah Veney Robinson as Vice President of Government Affairs and Communications

WASHINGTON (June 24, 2014) — The Education Trust is proud to welcome Deborah Veney Robinson as its Vice President of Government Affairs and Communications. Debbie comes to Ed Trust with deep experience in communications and advocating for underserved communities.

Ed Trust Calls for Linking Student Aid and Tax Benefits to College Access, Success, and Student Loan Repayment Rates

WASHINGTON (June 18, 2014) — More than 600,000 undergraduates attend four-year “college dropout factories” with six-year graduation rates below 15 percent and “diploma mills” where nearly 3 out of 10 students who leave with debt are unable to repay their student loans, according to a new report released by The Education Trust. Approximately $15 billion is distributed annually to some 300 institutions that do not serve students well. These four-year schools are among the bottom 5 percent nationally in enrolling low-income students, graduating the students they serve, or graduating students with manageable debt and degrees that can support that investment without default.

The report, Tough Love: Bottom-Line Quality Standards for Colleges, lays out a comprehensive plan for the federal government to leverage existing resources, in the form of student aid and tax benefits, to protect students and taxpayer dollars from going to chronically underperforming schools. The plan also encourages elite colleges to open their gates to many more talented working class and low-income students.

Kati Haycock, president of The Education Trust, and Valerie Cuevas, interim executive director of The Education Trust–West, on the Vergara v. California Decision

WASHINGTON (June 10, 2014) — We are delighted with today’s ruling in Vergara v. California. Judge Treu's historic decision affirms what we have long known to be true: Low-income students and students of color in California are denied access to equal educational opportunities. The decision will force California to address the reality that our most vulnerable students are less likely to have access to effective teachers.

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