Education Trust News

Conference Feature: Getting to Graduation and Beyond

A generation ago, having a high school diploma may have been enough to earn a family-supporting wage in the middle class. Today, it no longer is — and so teachers and principals across the nation are working hard to make sure their students are prepared for college or training when they graduate from high school. At this year’s Education Trust National Conference, participants will hear from districts and schools successfully working to ensure that all students are prepared for postsecondary success.

New Resources Support Equity in Common Core Implementation

One of the most promising aspects of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is the potential for all students to finally have access to rigorous, high-quality instruction. But this will only happen if teachers incorporate the standards with consistency and hold all students — including those who have previously struggled — to new, high expectations. To do so, district and school leaders must do more to empower teachers to achieve this goal. A new transition guide for school leaders can help them do just that.

Conference Feature: Leading School Change

Principals play a crucial role in setting the tone for their school and helping their staff identify and act on areas for improvement. This year’s Education Trust National Conference, which takes place Oct. 24-25 in Baltimore, will feature a number of concurrent sessions highlighting the role of principals in leading school change.

Buy Now and Pay Later Doesn’t Work in Higher Ed

Proposals that allow students to attend college “for free” now and pay later seem like they would be beneficial for students. However, many of these proposals — including Oregon’s “Pay It Forward” — could end up costing students more. They also overlook the real problem: College costs too much.

Student Loan Default Rates Illustrate Continuing Affordability Issues in Higher Ed

Annual data released Sept. 30 show that student loan borrowers are finding it increasingly difficult to repay their debt: Now, 1 in 10 borrowers default on their student loans within two years of starting repayment.

Two-year default rates have been collected since 1987 and peaked at 22.4 percent in 1990. Though the most recent figure is much lower, it has more than doubled in recent years from a low of 4.5 percent in 2003.

Conference Feature: Teaching in Overdrive

All across the nation, schools are transitioning to rigorous, college- and career-ready standards. These standards demand much more of our students — and of their teachers. At this year’s Education Trust National Conference, a host of concurrent sessions will focus on how educators can help all students meet new, higher expectations.

Federal Guidance Sheds Light on Race-Conscious Admissions

The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice provided guidance last week for higher education institutions that use race-conscious admissions policies. It clarifies the Supreme Court ruling from earlier this year in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, which upheld the legality of the voluntary use of such policies. The Fisher decision confirmed Ed Trust’s long-held belief that colleges have a compelling interest to foster diversity in their student body. Diversity benefits the student body at large by encouraging tolerance, breaking down racial stereotypes, enhancing classroom discussions, and preparing students for the workforce they will encounter after graduation.

Joint Statement From Six Education, Teacher, and Youth Organizations on the Federal Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON (October 1, 2013)—The Education Trust, Children's Defense Fund, Democrats for Education Reform, National Center for Learning Disabilities, Teach Plus, and TNTP issued the following statement regarding the federal government shutdown.

“A government shutdown is not only harmful to millions of hard-working Americans, but it is also damaging to our most vulnerable citizens – our children.

Shutdown Would Deal Another Financial Blow to Impact-Aid Schools

If the government shuts down on Tuesday (because of lawmakers’ failure to come to an agreement), 1,389 school districts that receive federal Impact Aid will not get the funding they’re expecting. And it’s not the first time they’ve seen their budgets pared down. Sequestration, or the across-the-board federal funding cuts enacted earlier this year, has already forced some schools to cut services, support personnel, and professional development opportunities for teachers.

Conference Feature: District-Union Collaboration in Baltimore

Baltimore is host to the upcoming Education Trust National Conference, and attendees will have myriad opportunities to learn about the innovative work happening in that city to raise student achievement and close gaps. One effort is the partnership between Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS) and the Baltimore Teachers Union (BTU) to engage principals and teachers in improving the quality of instruction for all students. In a luncheon plenary session made possible by The Wallace Foundation, BCPS interim CEO Tisha Edwards and BTU President Marietta English will join Ed Trust President Kati Haycock in a conversation about their collaborative approach to re-imagining the structures for measuring, supporting, and rewarding educator performance.

Register today to hear from these and other education leaders from across the country who are working to ensure all students have strong, well-supported teachers and principals.