Press Releases and Statements

The real value of value-added: Getting effective teachers to the students who need them most

(Washington, DC) -- Today, schools, districts and states are under increasing pressure both to raise overall student achievement and to close historic gaps separating poor and minority students from others.

Rest not our weary feet: Dr. Stephanie Robinson, principal partner of The Education Trust, on the release of the African American Achievement in America

(Washington, DC) – “While the celebration of Black history month has ended, let us not forget about the work that still remains. We must ensure that our children’s academic achievement and success remains at the top of the nation’s agenda. There are still huge inequities within America’s schools that need to be addressed. We must address these inequities now; our children can’t afford to wait.

“According to a recent Public Agenda Poll, more than half of Black parents call underachievement among Blacks a “crisis.” Their concerns are not misplaced.

Ross Wiener, policy director of The Education Trust, on the U.S. Department of Education's announcement of new teacher quality policies

(Washington, D.C.) -- “Today, the U.S. Department of Education has taken another step backwards from its responsibility to ensure that all students in American public schools have access to the qualified teachers they need and deserve.

“The data could not be more clear: low-income and minority students are much less likely than their peers to be taught by well qualified teachers.

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

As all of you know, we are coming up on the 50th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board decision, which ended legalized segregation in our schools. But where are we – really – in terms of providing an equal education to all children, 50 years later?

Quite frankly, the picture isn’t pretty.

Let me share just a couple of illustrations:

  1. Nationally, African American and Latino 17-year-olds demonstrate reading and math skills that are virtually indistinguishable from white 13-year-olds.

A dream deferred: 50 years after Brown v. Board Of Education, the struggle continues...A 50 state look at achievement, attainment and opportunity gaps

(Washington, D.C.) -- As the nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision calling for an end to unequal education in our public schools, the Education Trust today released an extensive 50-state analysis documenting the fact that many of our nation’s schools are still providing children with an education that is grossly unequal.

These analyses, The Education Watch 2004 State Summary Reports, provide a snapshot of the condition of education in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Nation.

Empty caps and gowns: New analysis reveals deep problems in the graduation rates at four-year colleges and universities, but finds that some institutions do a much better job graduating their students than others

(Washington, D.C.) - As families and friends gather at colleges across the country to celebrate graduation, a new report released today by the Education Trust documents the fact that nationally, these same colleges will have failed to graduate nearly half of their degree-seeking first-time full-time freshmen within six years, and the picture is even worse for low-income and minority students.  These young people leave our higher education system burdened with large student loans that must be repaid, but without the benefit of the wages that a college degree provides.

Ross Wiener, policy director for The Education Trust, on allowing current AYP provisions to be applied retroactively

(Washington, D.C.) -- “Today, Senator Ted Kennedy and Congressman George Miller are introducing legislation to bring consistency to school accountability decisions by allowing the retroactive application of new rules adopted by the U.S. Department of Education.  Allowing current AYP rules to be applied retroactively to school accountability determinations from 2002-03 would be both appropriate and beneficial.

“The rule changes adopted by the U.S.

The Education Trust announces new web resources for Latino parents, community leaders and advocates

(Washington, D.C.) --   Today, the Education Trust extends its commitment to reach out to the largest and fastest growing minority group in the country – the nation’s 40 million Latinos – to provide better and more accurate information on student achievement and educational opportunities.  To launch this new initiative, the Education Trust is unveiling a website for the Latino community in both Spanish and English which features reports and resources for Latino parents, community leaders and advocates.

Current Perkins Bills:  NOT GOOD ENOUGH

As Congress considers reauthorizing federal assistance for vocational and technical education, Members need to place the interests of students front and center. Unfortunately, bills currently moving through the House and Senate essentially reauthorize the status quo – extending a system that works well for some, but stifling the opportunities of far too many participants with skills in reading and math that are inadequate for 21st Century jobs.

The ABCs of “AYP” - Beyond any reasonable doubt: We can do this

(Washington, D.C.) – As states begin to release their 2003-04 student achievement data, there is still significant confusion about the accountability provisions in the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), and doubt about whether states can actually meet the requirements and the goals.  To address this confusion, the Education Trust today released two brief documents explaining the accountability and public reporting provisions of NCLB, in addition to a data presentation analyzing some recently released student achievement results. 

The first report updates las

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