Education Trust News

Gap Between Advanced Students Widens

A new report from the Center for Education Policy reveals that while the percentage of all high school students who made “advanced” scores on state reading and math assessments is growing, the gap between white and African-American students scoring at these high levels is widening. The study also found that, in general, low-income students and students of color are far less likely to score advanced on state assessments than their white and more affluent peers.

Criticism Mounts for Weak NCLB Rewrite

Ed Trust joined 20 other civil rights, disabilities rights, education reform, and business organizations last week in withholding support for the Senate’s new rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as No Child Left Behind.

Syracuse U. Stands by its Investment in Diversity

Syracuse University has chosen to diversify its student body and invest in a more equitable future. At a time when many universities cling tenaciously to the inward-looking measures celebrated by the U.S. News & World Report college ranking, Syracuse has recruited more low-income students and students of color over the past decade. Its outreach extends to prospects in local communities as well as from cities farther afield, including Miami and Los Angeles.

Report: Need-based Financial Aid Outpaced by Other Aid

At a time when Pell Grants are on the chopping block and low-income students are forced to take on crippling debt, a new report finds that increases in the amount of aid available for students demonstrating financial hardship are dwarfed by increases in aid available for reasons other than need.  

Senate’s ESEA Reauthorization Proposal Disappoints

Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) has released a long-anticipated draft of the reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) — known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Although the bill  addresses several issues championed by The Education Trust, including college- and career-ready standards, funding fairness, and equitable access to the strongest teachers, its slack accountability provisions compelled Ed Trust, along with five other civil rights organizations, to send a letter to Sens. Harkin and Michael Enzi (R-Wyoming) expressing our deep disappointment.

Students, Nation Gain from California’s Dream Act

College aspirations could be realized for far more undocumented students in the Golden State, after the recent signing of the California Dream Act. The new law will allow them to qualify for the state’s Cal Grant, as well as institutional aid from California’s public universities and fee waivers from the state’s system of community colleges.

Senate ESEA Reauthorization Proposal Disappoints

The Ed Trust and five other civil rights organizations have expressed to Sens. Tom Harkin and Michael Enzi our deep disappointment in the accountability provisions of their ESEA reauthorization proposal. While a number of the provisions in the overall proposal could help to promote better outcomes for students, those assets are undercut by the proposal’s slack accountability provisions. Click here to read the letter.

Inspiring All Students to Aim High

Poverty need not bar youth from the opportunities that college affords. But K-12 educators must use the right strategies to get their students prepared.  That’s the message conveyed by a recent study of high schools that either won a College Board Inspiration Award or drew an honorable mention for the annual prize, which honors high-poverty high schools that have improved markedly on measures of college readiness.

Leader of Prize-Winning District to Keynote Ed Trust Conference

Districts nationwide vie for the Broad Prize and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools walked away with the honor this year, reflecting the efforts of former Superintendent Peter Gorman, who headed the North Carolina district for some five years ending in June. Gorman will talk about his trailblazing work there as a plenary speaker at this year’s National Conference, set for Nov. 3-5 in Arlington, Va. He will join another achievement-lifting education leader, former Richmond, Va. Superintendent Deborah Jewell-Sherman, in a discussion of the steps that propel student success district-wide.

Parents Deserve to Know More

The Education Trust released a brochure today detailing the types of information parents and communities can and should be able to get on how public dollars are spent on education. Current law requires states to produce school-level report cards, but “Parents Want to Know” argues that parents and communities need more information. Data about student achievement, schools, teachers, and other factors could be made available if a public reporting requirement were included in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.