Education Trust News

Ed Trust Calls for Linking Student Aid and Tax Benefits to College Access, Success, and Student Loan Repayment Rates

WASHINGTON (June 18, 2014) — More than 600,000 undergraduates attend four-year “college dropout factories” with six-year graduation rates below 15 percent and “diploma mills” where nearly 3 out of 10 students who leave with debt are unable to repay their student loans, according to a new report released by The Education Trust. Approximately $15 billion is distributed annually to some 300 institutions that do not serve students well. These four-year schools are among the bottom 5 percent nationally in enrolling low-income students, graduating the students they serve, or graduating students with manageable debt and degrees that can support that investment without default.

The report, Tough Love: Bottom-Line Quality Standards for Colleges, lays out a comprehensive plan for the federal government to leverage existing resources, in the form of student aid and tax benefits, to protect students and taxpayer dollars from going to chronically underperforming schools. The plan also encourages elite colleges to open their gates to many more talented working class and low-income students.

In Their Words: Student Reflections on High-Quality Schools

WASHINGTON (May 28, 2014) — Tuning in to voices of students who transfer from low-performing to high-performing high schools, “The View From the Lighthouse” — released today by The Education Trust — sheds light on key differences among schools. Full of lessons for educators, this piece is intended to help spark conversations in schools working to change outlooks and outcomes for students, particularly those struggling the most. 

Statement From The Education Trust on 12th Grade Reading and Mathematics Results From the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress

WASHINGTON (May 7, 2014) — On the heels of encouraging news about rising high school graduation rates for all groups of students, today’s results from the 2013 12th grade National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) show that our nation’s high schools are also producing better math results.

Statement From The Education Trust on 12th Grade Reading and Mathematics Results From the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress

WASHINGTON (May 7, 2014) — On the heels of encouraging news about rising high school graduation rates for all groups of students, today’s results from the 2013 12th grade National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) show that our nation’s high schools are also producing better math results.

Ed Trust Welcomes Andrew H. Nichols as Director of Higher Education Research

WASHINGTON (May 1, 2014) — The Education Trust is proud to welcome Andrew H. Nichols as its director of higher education research. Andrew comes to Ed Trust with a wide array of research experiences, most recently as the director for research and policy analysis at the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC).

Joint Statement From Twelve Education Organizations on the U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher Preparation Regulation

WASHINGTON (April 25, 2014) —“Nearly 200,000 graduates from schools of education and those who have completed alternative route teaching programs are placed in American classrooms each year. Too often, these educators and the school districts that hire them find out all too soon that they are ill-prepared for the demands of today’s classrooms. As a consequence, the children in their classes do not have the opportunity to learn to high levels. This practice is unfair to teachers and devastating to students, especially to students of color, low-income students, English language learners, and students with disabilities, who year after year are taught by the least effective teachers.

Ed Trust Issues a Statement on the Supreme Court's Decision Upholding Michigan's Ban on Racial Preferences

WASHINGTON (April 22, 2014) – “If our nation’s schools provided an education to students of color anywhere near the quality of education they provide to white students, we would feel a lot more comfortable with the Supreme Court’s decision today to let stand the decision of Michigan’s voters to ban the use of race as a consideration in admission to the state’s colleges and universities. The United States is far from having an equitable K-12 educational system where the color of students’ skin truly does not matter.

Ed Trust 2014 National Conference

Improving the American educational system is hard work. Whether you are a teacher wrestling with implementation of Common Core standards, a principal struggling through the initial stages of school turnaround, or an advocate working to keep the legislators in your state from abandoning these new, higher standards, the work is tough. Join us this year in Baltimore, Nov. 13-14, to reinvigorate your spirit and prepare for the work ahead.

High-Achieving Disadvantaged Students and Students of Color Fall Behind as They Progress Through High School, Ed Trust Finds

WASHINGTON (April 2, 2014) — Many black and Latino students and students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds who enter high school as top academic performers lose important ground as they push toward graduation day. When compared to their high-achieving white or more advantaged peers, these students finish high school, on average, with lower grades, lower AP exam pass rates, and lower SAT/ACT scores, according to a report released by The Education Trust.

Click here for an Ed Trust infographic illustrating how black, Latino, and low-socioeconomic status students are falling out of the lead.

Statement by The Education Trust on the U.S. Department of Education’s Proposed “Gainful Employment” Regulation

WASHINGTON (March 14, 2014) — The Education Trust issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed “gainful employment” regulation, released today, which is intended to ensure that career-education programs meet minimum standards of quality and cost.