(Washington, DC) – Most states significantly shortchange poor and minority children when it comes to funding the schools they attend, according to a report released today by the Education Trust.
Nationally, we spend about $900 less per pupil on students educated in our nation’s poorest school districts than those educated in the wealthiest. Worst yet, in some states, this funding gap exceeds $1,000 per pupil.
Results released today from the 2005 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Trial Urban District Assessment offer a mix of some very encouraging and disheartening news about the academic performance of students in some of the nation’s largest school districts.
The results show that some urban school districts clearly do a much better job educating children than other districts – powerful evidence that schools and districts make a big difference in student achievement and that low achievement for some groups of students is not inevitable.
(Washington, DC) – The Education Trust will release two reports today that highlight the practices of high schools that are getting the job done and improving student achievement, especially for the poor and minority children traditionally underserved by the American high school.
The first report, "Gaining Traction, Gaining Ground: How Some High Schools Accelerate Learning for Struggling Students," is the result of a careful, on-the-ground study into the practices of public high schools that serve high concentrations of either low-income or minority children and have a strong track
As we work toward getting all of our children to high standards, we need to learn more about which accountability systems provide the most constructive information to teachers, parents, and the public.
A limited, carefully developed pilot to test alternatives to the current approach could be enormously helpful in teaching us how to improve on No Child Left Behind in the next reauthorization.
(Washington, DC) – The Education Trust today will honor five schools from around the country that have made extraordinary progress in educating poor and minority students to high academic levels. Their accomplishments will be celebrated at the Third Annual Dispelling the Myth Award ceremonyheld in Washington D.C. as part of the Education Trust’s 16th National Conference on closing the achievement gap.
Like so many other Americans, I watched in horror as the waters rose in Orleans Parish and other nearby communities. It’s been hard even to imagine the anguish felt by Louisianans as they lost their homes and their jobs, not to mention members of their families.
(Washington, DC) – The Education Trust applauds the governors across the country who today pledged to develop more accurate measures of high school graduation and to build better data systems to collect, analyze, and report this information.
Graduation rates are a fundamental measure of whether high schools are doing their job.
(Washington, D.C.) – Today’s results from the 2004 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) long-term trend assessment offer tremendously hopeful news about the achievement of elementary school students: Nine-year-olds have posted the highest scores in reading and math since these federal assessments began in the early 1970s.
At the same time, African-American and Latino achievement has soared, and, as a result, the achievement gaps among 9-year-olds are smaller than they have ever been in the history of the long-term NAEP.