Education Trust News

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. 

Education Dodges Spending Cuts

Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee reported out its spending bill for the U.S. Departments of Labor, Education, Health and Human Services, and related agencies in fiscal year 2012.  The new bill reflects current budget constraints, weighing in at $300 million less than last year’s bill. And though it eliminates 15 programs across the three departments, one notable high point is that the bill continues federal investments in key education programs benefiting low-income students, including Pell Grants, Title I, Head Start and the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act.

Ed Trust: Strong Evaluation Systems Benefit Teachers, Students

A new report from The Education Trust, “Fair to Everyone: Building the Balanced Teacher Evaluations that Educators and Students Deserve,” Fair to Everyone coveroutlines the importance of building stronger teacher evaluation systems to help all teachers become good and good teachers become great.

Report Offers Mixed News on Teacher Recruitment, Retention

A new study on the recruitment and retention of teachers of color over the past two decades finds both promising and troubling news. In hopeful developments, these teachers are entering the profession in increasing numbers and many are opting to work in schools with high concentrations of students of color and low-income students.

States Lag in Preparation for Common Core

A total of 44 states and the District of Columbia have signed on to the Common Core State Standards Initiative, signaling their commitment to aiming student achievement at college- and career-readiness. But a new Center on Education Policy report suggests that many states may be dragging their feet in preparation for the implementation of these new standards.

Study: Private Scholarships Skewed Toward Whites

If fairness guided financial aid for higher education, every student would have an equal chance to receive college scholarships. But new research from financial-aid analyst Mark Kantrowitz reports large disparities in how institutions dole out private scholarships. Kantrowitz’s paper, “The Distribution of Grants and Scholarships by Race,” finds that college-going whites are 40 percent more likely to win private scholarships than their peers of color.

Early Birds Get to Learn at Ed Trust Conference

An inspiring lineup of conference speakers meets a rich array of concurrent sessions at The Education Trust’s National Conference, set for Nov. 3-5 in Arlington, Va. Don’t wait to register: The early bird discount ends Monday, Sept. 12.