Press Releases and Statements

Stalled in secondary: Student achievement lags in middle grades and high school

Statement from The Education Trust on Armstrong Williams incident

(Washington, DC) – The U.S. Department of Education’s (USDOE) decision to pay a journalist to hype the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) was bad judgment and a misuse of funds.

The Education Trust releases College Results Online: Similar institutions aren’t that similar when it comes to student success

(Washington, DC) – At a time when high school seniors around the country are busy applying to college, the Education Trust today released an interactive Web tool and two reports that challenge the conventional wisdom about college-graduation rates.

The user-friendly Web tool, College Results Online, points to glaring disparities in college completion among very similar schools.

The online tool, found at, allows users to select any four-year public or private nonprofit college or university in the country and

Ross Wiener, policy director of The Education Trust, on the report by National Conference of State Legislatures’ Task Force on No Child Left Behind

The National Conference of State Legislatures’ Task Force on No Child Left Behind (NCLB) emerged today to urge an enormous step backwards in the nation’s efforts to close achievement gaps in public education.  While the report pays lip-service to the goal of closing achievement gaps, it fails to even acknowledge the deep-seated inequities in the public school systems for which these state legislators are responsible.

The historical record is too strong and the stakes are too high to turn back the clock on NCLB.  The law is not perfect, and it inevitably will be modified wh

On Course for Success: A close look at selected high school courses that prepare all students for college

(Iowa City, IA) -- High schools that provide all students with high-level courses, qualified teachers, flexible teaching styles, and extra tutorial support are more successful in preparing their students for college and work, according to a new study by ACT and The Education Trust.

Statement from The Education Trust: Utah must confront inequities in public education

Last year less than 60 percent of elementary-school American Indian and Latino students in Utah passed year-end standardized tests in language arts, compared to 85 percent of white students. About a third of black students failed to pass. The gaps were similar in math test results.

Getting Honest About Grad Rates: Too many states hide behind false data

(Washington, DC) – The Education Trust released a report today that sharply criticizes the way states calculate and report graduation statistics. The analysis, entitled “Getting Honest About Grad Rates: How States Play the Numbers and Students Lose,” also rebukes the U.S. Department of Education for failing to exert leadership by demanding that states get honest about graduation rates.

The Ed Trust analysis reveals disturbing patterns: Some states rely on ludicrous definitions of graduation rates. Others make little effort to accurately account for students who drop out of school.

2004 NAEP Long-Term Assessment shows tremendous gains at the elementary level and highlights remaining challenges at the secondary level

(Washington, D.C.) – Today’s results from the 2004 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) long-term trend assessment offer tremendously hopeful news about the achievement of elementary school students:  Nine-year-olds have posted the highest scores in reading and math since these federal assessments began in the early 1970s.

At the same time, African-American and Latino achievement has soared, and, as a result, the achievement gaps among 9-year-olds are smaller than they have ever been in the history of the long-term NAEP.

“These gains at the elementary scho

Statement from The Education Trust on the National Governors Association’s “Graduation Counts: A Compact on State High School Graduation Data”

(Washington, DC) – The Education Trust applauds the governors across the country who today pledged to develop more accurate measures of high school graduation and to build better data systems to collect, analyze, and report this information.

Graduation rates are a fundamental measure of whether high schools are doing their job.

Don’t count them out: Kati Haycock, director of The Education Trust, on Louisiana tragedy and the future of education in the state

Like so many other Americans, I watched in horror as the waters rose in Orleans Parish and other nearby communities. It’s been hard even to imagine the anguish felt by Louisianans as they lost their homes and their jobs, not to mention members of their families.

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