Press Releases and Statements

Principal and Teacher Preparatory Programs Leave Educators Unprepared for the Demands of Today’s Classrooms

WASHINGTON (September 24, 2013) — While there has been considerable progress in ensuring that U.S. students receive high-quality instruction through the Common Core State Standards and revised teacher evaluation systems, there has been limited focus on the quality of the programs that are preparing teachers and school leaders to teach the new college- and career-ready standards.

A new report by The Education Trust, “Preparing and Advancing Teachers and School Leaders: A New Approach for Federal Policy,” finds that too many educator preparation programs do not adequately train educators for the real-world challenges they will encounter in the classroom or for school districts’ hiring needs. The report notes that changes to federal policy can improve educator quality by requiring more useful information on teacher and leader preparation programs, promoting meaningful action to improve low-performing programs, and sparking innovation in how districts and states manage educator pipelines.

Ed Trust Welcomes Nicolle Grayson as Director of Communications

WASHINGTON (September 9, 2013) — The Education Trust is proud to welcome Nicolle Grayson back to the organization as director of communications.

Waiver Renewal Guidelines a Step Forward on Key Issues, Though Not Always a Big One

WASHINGTON (August 29, 2013) — The NCLB waiver process has been far from perfect. Among other things, the initial waiver guidelines allowed states to radically reduce the emphasis on subgroup performance and were totally silent on one of the most important issues of our day: fair and equitable access to strong teachers.

In the renewal guidelines released today, the Department of Education took some steps — though in some cases, far too small — to address these and other problems.

Ed Trust Welcomes Sonja Brookins Santelises as Vice President of K-12 Policy and Practice

SonjaWASHINGTON (August 22, 2013) — The Education Trust is proud to welcome Sonja Brookins Santelises as vice president of K-12 policy and practice.

Sonja comes to The Education Trust with many years of experience in K-12 education, most recently as chief academic officer for Baltimore City Public Schools. As chief academic officer, Sonja was responsible for the academic vision of a district serving 85,000 students. Under her leadership, Baltimore became a national leader in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

New Brief Underscores Urgency to Improve Native Student Achievement

WASHINGTON (August 13, 2013) — Despite recent progress in improving achievement among students of color, achievement results for Native students have remained nearly flat. As performance has stagnated, the gaps separating Native students from their white peers have mostly widened.

Statement from The Education Trust on the California CORE Districts Waiver

WASHINGTON (August 6, 2013) — We are disappointed by the Department of Education's decision to grant California's CORE districts a waiver from certain requirements of No Child Left Behind. Granting waivers to individual districts within a state is a dramatic move away from simply providing temporary relief to states while Congress works through a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to create new law. And it sets a dangerous precedent regarding expectations for all students.

Statement From The Education Trust on the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act

WASHINGTON (July 24, 2013) — Today’s vote on a student loan interest rate compromise on the floor of the Senate will bring to a temporary close a long debate on the appropriate level of interest for student borrowers to pay. Unfortunately, the deal will ultimately raise rates on students, making it harder to pay for college. It also fails to address the fundamental issues of rising college costs and debt burdens at a time when these issues are more pressing to families than ever.

The Senate deal is a missed opportunity.

Statement From The Education Trust on Passage of the Student Success Act

WASHINGTON (July 19, 2013) — Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is long overdue, but the legislation passed today in the House does not fix the problems in the current law and will make things worse, not better. Passage of H.R. 5, the Student Success Act, in the House of Representatives walks away from low-income students and students of color and threatens to wipe away 40 years of educational progress.

Intentionally Successful: New Mini-Brief Finds College Efforts to Increase Student Success Work

WASHINGTON (July 17, 2013) — Employing new data reported to the U.S. Department of Education by colleges and universities, The Education Trust finds encouraging news for those concerned about closing access and success gaps in higher education.

A new update to Education Trust’s College Results Online website provides a comprehensive analysis of nearly every individual four-year college and university in the nation as measured against its peer institutions. Together with a new mini-brief by The Education Trust, “Intentionally Successful: Improving Minority Student College Graduation Rates,” these resources uncover significant differences among colleges serving similar students and highlight successful efforts  to increase graduation rates for students of color and successfully narrow gaps between black and Latino students and their white peers.

Joint Statement From Six Student, Youth, Consumer, and Education Organizations on Today’s Senate Vote on Student Loan Interest Rates

WASHINGTON (July 10, 2013) — Today, a minority in the Senate succeeded in blocking legislation to reverse the doubling of interest rates on subsidized Stafford loans for students who need to borrow for college this fall. While a majority of senators voted to extend the 3.4% rate for one year, support fell short of the 60 votes needed to move forward with the legislation.

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