Press Releases and Statements

Higher Participation in School Breakfast Goal of New Alliance

WASHINGTON (March 4, 2014) — Skipping breakfast leaves children at an academic disadvantage.  Students experiencing hunger have slower memory recall, are more inclined to repeat a grade, and are more likely to have behavioral or attention problems. To increase the number of children starting the day with this important meal, five of the nation’s leading education organizations and the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) announced today their support for greater participation in the School Breakfast Program so that all kids have the resources they need to be successful.
 

University of Virginia Boosts Financial Aid

WASHINGTON (February 5, 2014) — The Education Trust and I AM NOT A LOAN commend the University of Virginia (U.Va.) for announcing a new $8 million commitment to need-based financial aid. Included is a new scholarship program that will benefit incoming undergraduate students who show “exceptional promise and significant financial need.”

Lessons From Student Stories

WASHINGTON (January 30, 2014) — To elevate the voices of students in school reform discussions in schools and districts, The Education Trust today released The Writing on the Hall, the first in a series of narratives intended to chronicle the school experiences of students and tell the stories behind the achievement and attainment data.

Statement by Kati Haycock, president of The Education Trust, on the IN-STATE for Dreamers Act

WASHINGTON (January 16, 2014) — Kati Haycock, president of The Education Trust, issued the following statement in response to the Investing IN States To Achieve Tuition Equity (IN-STATE) for Dreamers Act of 2014, legislation introduced by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO).  The IN-STATE for Dreamers Act encourages states to increase access to higher education for low-income students, regardless of immigration status.

Increasing College-Going and Graduation Rates for Low-Income Students

WASHINGTON (January 16, 2014) – On their own, universities can, through sustained efforts, radically reshape success rates for low-income students and students of color without greater selectivity in admissions, according to two reports released today by The Education Trust. These reports come as the Obama administration calls for institutions of higher education to improve their college-going and completion rates among low-income and minority students.

Ed Trust Welcomes Ashley Griffin as Senior Research Associate

WASHINGTON (January 7, 2014) — The Education Trust is proud to welcome Ashley Griffin as its Senior Research Associate. Ashley comes to Ed Trust with many years of education research experience, most recently at the Department of Defense Education Activity where she was a research and evaluation analyst.

U.S. Performance on International Tests Stalls; Large Achievement Gaps Remain

WASHINGTON (December 4, 2013) — The latest results of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) show that U.S. students’ performance on international tests has stagnated, while other industrialized nations have overtaken the U.S. in reading, math, and science literacy.

Higher Education Experts Call for Tax Reforms to Improve College Affordability, Access, and Completion

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, a consortium of higher education experts called on Congress to reform tax-based student aid to ensure it reaches the low- and modest-income families who most need it to access college.  With nearly $34 billion spent each year, this form of aid is more common than even Pell Grants, but action is needed to maximize its impact on college access and completion. 

Groups Tell Texas State Board of Education: Hold Firm on Rigorous Math for All Students

WASHINGTON (November 19, 2013) — The Education Trust, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), and National Council of the La Raza (NCLR) issued the following statement regarding the Texas State Board of Education’s proposed rules for high school graduation requirements.

“Texas leaders have long recognized the need for all high school graduates to have the knowledge and skills necessary for college and the careers that drive the state’s economy and pay a family-supporting wage.

MESSAGE TO THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: STOP WALKING AWAY FROM YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES TO OUR NATION’S NEEDIEST STUDENTS

WASHINGTON (November 14, 2013) — Kati Haycock, president of The Education Trust,  issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Education’s guidelines released today, which allow states to renew their No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waivers using an oversimplified process that does not take into consideration performance for all groups of students or fair access to highly effective teachers.

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