Press Releases and Statements

Ed Trust Welcomes Andrew H. Nichols as Director of Higher Education Research

WASHINGTON (May 1, 2014) — The Education Trust is proud to welcome Andrew H. Nichols as its director of higher education research. Andrew comes to Ed Trust with a wide array of research experiences, most recently as the director for research and policy analysis at the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC).

Joint Statement From Twelve Education Organizations on the U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher Preparation Regulation

WASHINGTON (April 25, 2014) —“Nearly 200,000 graduates from schools of education and those who have completed alternative route teaching programs are placed in American classrooms each year. Too often, these educators and the school districts that hire them find out all too soon that they are ill-prepared for the demands of today’s classrooms. As a consequence, the children in their classes do not have the opportunity to learn to high levels.

Kati Haycock, president of The Education Trust, and Amber Arellano, executive director of The Education Trust–Midwest, on the Supreme Court’s Decision Upholding Michigan's Ban on Racial Preferences

WASHINGTON (April 22, 2014) – “If our nation’s schools provided an education to students of color anywhere near the quality of education they provide to white students, we would feel a lot more comfortable with the Supreme Court’s decision today to let stand the decision of Michigan’s voters to ban the use of race as a consideration in admission to the state’s colleges and universities. The United States is far from having an equitable K-12 educational system where the color of students’ skin truly does not matter.

High-Achieving Disadvantaged Students and Students of Color Fall Behind as They Progress Through High School, Ed Trust Finds

WASHINGTON (April 2, 2014) — Many black and Latino students and students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds who enter high school as top academic performers lose important ground as they push toward graduation day. When compared to their high-achieving white or more advantaged peers, these students finish high school, on average, with lower grades, lower AP exam pass rates, and lower SAT/ACT scores, according to a report released by The Education Trust.

Statement by The Education Trust on the U.S. Department of Education’s Proposed “Gainful Employment” Regulation

WASHINGTON (March 14, 2014) — The Education Trust issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed “gainful employment” regulation, released today, which is intended to ensure that career-education programs meet minimum standards of quality and cost.

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.

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