Not long ago, the Education Trust got a call from a high-level official in one of the nation’s largest school districts. The request? “Please come help us get unstuck. We created a Commission on Closing the Gap. Its members worked for more than a year, collecting all sorts of data. But now we’re stuck and need help figuring out what to do.”
Because this is a district whose leaders we respect, we said, “Sure.
The results released today from the 2005 12th grade National Assessment of Educational Progress are a sobering reminder of the need for increased focus on and support for the students and teachers in our nation’s high schools.
Over a quarter of the nation’s high school seniors lack even basic reading skills. Over forty percent lack even basic mathematics skills.
In working together on NCLB five years ago, the President and Democrats like Ted Kennedy and George Miller committed themselves – and our country – to tackle the longstanding school quality problems that were crippling the achievement of low-income and minority students in every state. The law is beginning to make a difference, but we’ve not yet turned the corner, especially at the secondary level. For too many children, there is still no hope because there is still no real opportunity.
We’re delighted that the President reaffirmed his commitment to work with the Democra
(Washington, D.C.) – School finance policy choices at the federal, state, and district levels systematically stack the deck against students who need the most support from their schools, according to a report released today by the Education Trust.
The report, Funding Gaps 2006, builds on the Education Trust’s annual studies of funding gaps among school districts within states.
The nation’s 50 flagship universities serve disproportionately fewer low-income and minority students than in the past, according to a new report by the Education Trust. Students in the entering and graduating classes at these schools look less and less like the state populations those universities were created to serve. The study shows how financial aid choices made by these prestigious public universities result in higher barriers to college enrollment and success among low-income students and students of color.
Results released today from the 2005 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Trial Urban District Assessment offer an important first look at student achievement in science in some of the nation’s biggest cities. The ten participating districts should be applauded for their willingness to be evaluated against the rigorous NAEP standards and compared to their peers. In doing so, they’ve signaled a commitment to raising achievement through honestly assessing their students’ knowledge and skills against an important external benchmark.
(Washington, D.C.) – This week, the Education Trust will honor five schools from across the country that have had exceptional success in educating low-income students and students of color to high academic levels. The schools will receive the 2006 Dispelling the Myth awards at a ceremony and dinner that will feature remarks from U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings.
The awards ceremony, scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday at the Grand Hyatt hotel in downtown Washington, D.C., is part of the Education’s Trust’s 17th National Conference on closing the achievement gap.
(Washington, D.C.) – The Education Trust is co-hosting a Capitol Hill Event today with Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA), and Rep. Artur Davis (D-AL) that features African-American educators who have successfully used standards and accountability to improve teaching, motivate students and faculty, and raise achievement in their schools.
(Washington, D.C.) -- A new report released today from the Education Trust sharply criticizes trends in federal, state, and college practices that discourage low-income and minority students from enrolling and graduating from college. In fact, despite the perception of progress, gaps in college-going and college completion for poor and minority students are actually wider than they were thirty years ago.