Press Releases and Statements

Statement from The Education Trust on the 2009 NAEP Reading Results

WASHINGTON (March 24, 2010) – Since 2007, all student groups and the nation as a whole made modest gains in reading at the eighth-grade level on the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Some other results are troubling, however:

  • Performance among America’s fourth-graders—where the strongest and most consistent growth has occurred over the past decade—appears to have flattened.
  • Achievement gaps did not narrow at either the fourth-grade or eighth-grade level.

Statement from The Education Trust on the upcoming announcement of the finalists for "Race to the Top" grants

WASHINGTON (March 4, 2010) -  “Race to the Top” grants have the potential to elevate ambitious reforms that place the needs of children—especially our most vulnerable—ahead of accommodations for adults. But for reforms to succeed, rigorous evaluation of the competitive grant finalists that will be announced later today is absolutely critical.

The great promise of Race to the Top—and the unprecedented resources it will distribute—is the opportunity to drive meaningful and powerful change for students.

Analysis shows varying rates of improvement in low-performing schools

WASHINGTON (March 1, 2010) – A report released today by The Education Trust shows that schools often lumped together as “low performing” are not all alike.

Some public colleges and universities are making gains, closing gaps in graduation rates for minority students

WASHINGTON (January 28, 2010) – When choosing a college, many young people often make their decision based on popularity and prestige. What they may not consider is the school’s track record in actually graduating students.

     For students of color, this issue is particularly important: Nationally, only about 40 percent of underrepresented minority, or URM, students (African American, Latino, and Native American) earn a bachelor’s degree within six years. The figure for nonminority students is more than 60 percent.

America’s most prestigious public universities are decreasing representation of low-income students and spending more institutional aid on students from wealther families

WASHINGTON (January 13, 2010) – Right now, Congress is working to pass legislation that would increase the amount of federal financial aid awarded to low-income students to help them attend college.

Achievement gap analysis shows some states may be better positioned for higher scores on Race to the Top applications

WASHINGTON (January 7, 2010) – As state leaders put the finishing touches on applications for federal Race to the Top (RTT) funding, many recognize that they will never achieve the excellence the Obama administration seeks without focusing their proposals squarely on equity for low-income students and students of color.

     Indeed, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has made it clear that these RTT grants will reward states not only for bold reforms proposed for the future but also for past progress in narrowing gaps in student achievement.

Sheepskins should trump pigskins: Youth, nation have stake in "Graduation Championship Series"

WASHINGTON (January 5, 2010) – Each fall, millions of young fans watch as their favorite colleges and universities vie on the gridiron for bragging rights in the national rankings. They dream of the excitement that comes from attending a top-ranked football power. They dream of being winners.

Higher education leaders from across the U.S. commit to boost college access and success for low-income, minority students

WASHINGTON (December 3, 2009)—Data released today from the Access to Success (A2S) Initiative show alarming, but reversible, national trends: Far too few low-income and minority students are enrolling in college, and even fewer make it all the way to commencement.

Kati Haycock, president of The Education Trust, on the Common Core Standards initiative

WASHINGTON (September 21, 2009)--The Common Core Standards Initiative has set the right goal: Get to consistent, high standards that prepare all students, regardless of their zip code, for education beyond high school.

“College ready” and “career ready” are synonymous. That means that the kind of rigorous, college-prep curriculum that was traditionally reserved for a select few is now a basic requirement for everyone.

Statement from The Education Trust on the 2009 NAEP Mathematics results

WASHINGTON (October 14, 2009) – Most student groups and the nation as a whole showed modest gains at the eighth-grade level on the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in mathematics. Some states improved significantly in both fourth and eighth grades.

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