Press Releases and Statements

NAEP Reading Results for the Nation Show that Achievement Gap Persists

NAEP Reading Results Show Achievement Gap Persists: Hispanic-White Gap Grows for 4th Graders, 1992-98

NAEP Reading Results for the States: Picture for Children of Color Has Dimmed

NAEP Reading Results for the States: Picture for Children of Color has Dimmed

(Washington, D.C.) The achievement gap between African American and White students grew in 16 states between 1992 and 1998. The gap between Hispanic and White students grew in 9 states over the same period of time. This according to the state-by-state reading scores of 4th graders on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), released today by the U.S. Department of Education.

Education Trust Report -- They Can and They Do: Low-Income Students and High Academic Achievement

(Washington, D.C.)- Two documents released today by The Education Trust make it clear that the achievement gap that separates low-income students from other students can be closed if low-income students receive high level instruction.

  • The second document reports the results of a national survey of high-poverty schools that are either high performing or have made significant academic gains.

Study Finds Teacher Licensure Tests are Mostly High School Level: If This Is All We Expect Teachers to Know, Why do We Make Them go to College?

(Washington, D.C.) A report released today by The Education Trust decries the fact that many states grant teaching licenses without requiring that individuals demonstrate knowledge of the subject area that they intend to teach.

The Education Trust Issues Challenge to Key Education Leaders: Help Close the Teaching Talent Gap Now

(Washington, D.C.) In a December 1 letter, Kati Haycock, director of The Education Trust, invited 15 national education leaders to join in a national effort to ensure that low-income and minority students have teachers who are at least as qualified, experienced and effective as the teachers teaching other students.

"No matter how you cut the data-certified vs. uncertified teachers, out- vs. in-field teaching, high scores vs. low scores on licensure exams, or experienced vs.

Study Finds In Most States, for Most Students, A High School Diploma is a Ticket to Nowhere: How the Gap Between Leaving High School and Entering College and High Performance Jobs Shortchanges American Students

(Washington, D.C.) - According to a report released today by The Education Trust, high school requirements in many states are not sufficiently rigorous to prepare students for success in either college or the workplace. The study, Ticket to Nowhere: The Gap Between Leaving High School and Entering College and High-Performance Jobs, documents significant gaps between the course and testing requirements for high school graduation and those for admission and placement in college.

Response of The Education Trust to the Release of the NRC Interim Report on Teacher Licensing Tests

(Washington, D.C.) Tests and Teaching Quality: Interim Report released today by the National Research Council adds little to the national discussion of teacher licensing exams.

Statement of Kati Haycock, Director of The Education Trust, on the Release of the NAEP 1999 Trends Report

(Washington, D.C.) -- "The data released today is disappointing - especially for students of color and their parents - but hardly surprising," said Kati Haycock, director of The Education Trust, of today's release of the National Assessment of Educational Progress trend data for the nation.

"In some subject areas and at some grade levels we see modest progress in narrowing the achievement gap that separates minority students from White students. But the progress is too slow and the gaps remain painfully wide.

Statement of Kati Haycock, Director of The Education Trust, on the New RAND Issue Paper

(Washington, D.C.) - "The new RAND issue paper offers an incomplete and misleading picture of the performance of Texas students on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

"Texas is not perfect. And there is no overnight 'Texas miracle'. However, if Black fourth graders in every state scored as well on the NAEP mathematics test as those in Texas do, the national achievement gap between white and Black fourth graders in math would shrink by a third.

States can close the achievement gap by decade's end, New Education Trust state and national achievement gap analysis

(Washington, D.C.) – A new analysis by The Education Trust reveals that achievement gaps in many states would shrink dramatically – and in some cases disappear entirely – if poor and minority students in those states reached the same levels of academic achievement as do their counterparts in top-performing "frontier states."

For example:

  • The White-African American gap in 8th grade writing would disappear entirely  in seven states (Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Utah, West Virginia, Arkansas, and Hawaii) if African American students in
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