Education Trust News

13 Prominent Groups Call on ED to Stop Letting States Mask Achievement Gaps

Thirteen advocacy and civil rights organizations submitted a letter urging the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to correct course and ensure that in the next round of waiver renewals, states must make the achievement and attainment of each group of students count in ratings for all schools. Moreover, underperformance for any groups of students must trigger meaningful supports and interventions.

Statement From The Education Trust on CCSSO and CGCS’ Commitment on High-Quality Assessments

WASHINGTON (October 15, 2014) — The Education Trust is pleased to voice its support for a joint statement released by the Council of Chief State School Officers and Council of the Great City Schools that reaffirms their commitment to high-quality annual assessments aligned to college- and career-ready standards. The organizations also called for greater utility and transparency, and an end to redundant assessments and those that offer little value to students, parents, or teachers.

New Analysis Details Importance of Individual Group Accountability in State Systems, School Ratings

WASHINGTON (October 9, 2014) — State accountability systems mask the full story of student achievement, as shown in a new report by The Education Trust. When accountability systems allow schools to earn high marks despite their low performance for some groups of students, it sends a strong message about how the state values the academic progress of these groups.


WASHINGTON (October 2, 2014) – Today, the Reimagining Aid Design and Delivery (RADD) Consortium for Higher Education Grants and Work-Study Reform released a paper detailing how the federal government can modernize its financial aid system to be more efficient, to bring it in line with the needs of today’s students, and to make colleges and universities more accessible to the lowest income students.

Ed Trust on the Department of Education's “Dear Colleague” Letter on Resource Equity

On Oct. 1, the Office of Civil Rights sent a strong message that equity matters, and The Education Trust applauds their leadership. The “Dear Colleague” letter is a reminder that federal law requires more than good intentions to ensure the equitable provision of educational resources for students of color. It is not enough to rest upon laws, policies, and principles that are not enforced. Benign neglect is not acceptable.

Diversity and Grad Rates Set Rutgers-Newark Apart

For years, Rutgers University-Newark struggled with its nontraditional student population. As recently as the 1990s, students reported feeling unwelcome based on their race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual preference. Fast-forward two decades, and Newark has become a haven for nontraditional students of all types, leading to increased overall graduation rates and a black/white gap that is almost negligible. Learn how Rutgers improved its graduation rates.

College Results Online Gets an Update

We’re excited to share an important update to College Results Online, an interactive tool with information on nearly every four-year college or university in the country. By providing data about college graduation rates, net price, and other important characteristics, the tool helps students identify colleges that fit their specific needs and provide them the best chance of earning a degree.

We’ve added two new features that will help users navigate College Results Online’s features and highlight colleges and universities that are not living up to their core public missions of ensuring access for low-income students and graduating students:

  • The tool now tags colleges that fall in the bottom 5 percent of all four-year colleges nationwide for their six-year graduation rates and enrollment of students from working-class and low-income backgrounds.
  • Another new feature is our video tutorial, which walks users through all of the website’s features to identify colleges that are the best fit for students.
  • Test your Higher Ed knowledge by taking this quiz.

Interested in learning more about Ed Trust’s College Results Online? Contact us to order copies of our College Decision Road Map, a step-by-step guide that helps students navigate this interactive Web tool.


Dispelling the Myth Schools to Be Featured at Ed Trust Conference

Join us at our 2014 national conference, where breakout sessions will feature our Dispelling the Myth Award winners. Teams from these schools — which are closing gaps in opportunity and achievement for low-income students and students of color through a rich, coherent curriculum for all students — will share best practices and lessons learned. Register Now! Ed Trust’s national conference in Baltimore, Nov. 13-14. #EdTrust2014

José Luis Santos to Serve as Ed Trust’s Vice President for Higher Education Policy and Practice

Jose Luis

WASHINGTON (August 7, 2014) — The Education Trust is pleased to welcome Dr. José Luis Santos as its Vice President for Higher Education Policy and Practice.

Starting with his work as founding executive director of the Latina/o Policy Research Initiative at the University of Arizona, José Luis has a long track record of research, teaching, and advocacy around issues affecting students of color and low-income students in higher education.

Statement From The Education Trust on the Department of Education’s Teacher Equity Strategy

WASHINGTON (July 7, 2014) — Deborah Veney Robinson, vice president for government affairs and communications at The Education Trust, issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Education’s teacher equity strategy.