Press Releases and Statements

Statement and Analysis From The Education Trust on the 2013 NAEP Reading and Mathematics Results

WASHINGTON (November 7, 2013) — Performance for the nation’s fourth and eighth-grade students in reading and mathematics has inched up since 2011, according to data released today from the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

This continues a decade-long trend of improvement, and today, performance for most groups of students is as high as it has ever been. This progress for students as a whole is coupled with some meaningful gap-closing. In eighth grade, for example, the gap separating Latino students from their white peers in math has narrowed by six points since 2003. For reading, it’s narrowed by seven points.

Groups Applaud the Bipartisan Student and Family Tax Simplification Act

WASHINGTON (October 31, 2013) - Yesterday, Reps. Diane Black (R-TN) and Danny Davis (D-IL) introduced the Student and Family Tax Simplification Act. The Act simplifies and better targets higher education tax benefits, making it easier for students and families to afford college.

The Education Trust announces 2013 Dispelling the Myth Award winners

WASHINGTON (October 22, 2013) — On Thursday, Oct. 24, The Education Trust will present the 11th Annual Dispelling the Myth Awards to four public schools from across the country. Each of these schools has demonstrated that it is committed to educating students to high academic levels regardless of their race, socioeconomic status or zip code.

Joint Statement From Six Education, Teacher, and Youth Organizations on the Federal Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON (October 1, 2013)—The Education Trust, Children's Defense Fund, Democrats for Education Reform, National Center for Learning Disabilities, Teach Plus, and TNTP issued the following statement regarding the federal government shutdown.

“A government shutdown is not only harmful to millions of hard-working Americans, but it is also damaging to our most vulnerable citizens – our children.

Principal and Teacher Preparatory Programs Leave Educators Unprepared for the Demands of Today’s Classrooms

WASHINGTON (September 24, 2013) — While there has been considerable progress in ensuring that U.S. students receive high-quality instruction through the Common Core State Standards and revised teacher evaluation systems, there has been limited focus on the quality of the programs that are preparing teachers and school leaders to teach the new college- and career-ready standards.

A new report by The Education Trust, “Preparing and Advancing Teachers and School Leaders: A New Approach for Federal Policy,” finds that too many educator preparation programs do not adequately train educators for the real-world challenges they will encounter in the classroom or for school districts’ hiring needs. The report notes that changes to federal policy can improve educator quality by requiring more useful information on teacher and leader preparation programs, promoting meaningful action to improve low-performing programs, and sparking innovation in how districts and states manage educator pipelines.

Ed Trust Welcomes Nicolle Grayson as Director of Communications

WASHINGTON (September 9, 2013) — The Education Trust is proud to welcome Nicolle Grayson back to the organization as director of communications.

Waiver Renewal Guidelines a Step Forward on Key Issues, Though Not Always a Big One

WASHINGTON (August 29, 2013) — The NCLB waiver process has been far from perfect. Among other things, the initial waiver guidelines allowed states to radically reduce the emphasis on subgroup performance and were totally silent on one of the most important issues of our day: fair and equitable access to strong teachers.

In the renewal guidelines released today, the Department of Education took some steps — though in some cases, far too small — to address these and other problems.

Ed Trust Welcomes Sonja Brookins Santelises as Vice President of K-12 Policy and Practice

SonjaWASHINGTON (August 22, 2013) — The Education Trust is proud to welcome Sonja Brookins Santelises as vice president of K-12 policy and practice.

Sonja comes to The Education Trust with many years of experience in K-12 education, most recently as chief academic officer for Baltimore City Public Schools. As chief academic officer, Sonja was responsible for the academic vision of a district serving 85,000 students. Under her leadership, Baltimore became a national leader in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

New Brief Underscores Urgency to Improve Native Student Achievement

WASHINGTON (August 13, 2013) — Despite recent progress in improving achievement among students of color, achievement results for Native students have remained nearly flat. As performance has stagnated, the gaps separating Native students from their white peers have mostly widened.

Statement from The Education Trust on the California CORE Districts Waiver

WASHINGTON (August 6, 2013) — We are disappointed by the Department of Education's decision to grant California's CORE districts a waiver from certain requirements of No Child Left Behind. Granting waivers to individual districts within a state is a dramatic move away from simply providing temporary relief to states while Congress works through a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to create new law. And it sets a dangerous precedent regarding expectations for all students.

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