Press Releases and Statements

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

WASHINGTON (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.

Statement From The Education Trust on the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act

WASHINGTON (July 24, 2013) — Today’s vote on a student loan interest rate compromise on the floor of the Senate will bring to a temporary close a long debate on the appropriate level of interest for student borrowers to pay. Unfortunately, the deal will ultimately raise rates on students, making it harder to pay for college. It also fails to address the fundamental issues of rising college costs and debt burdens at a time when these issues are more pressing to families than ever.

The Senate deal is a missed opportunity.

Statement From The Education Trust on Passage of the Student Success Act

WASHINGTON (July 19, 2013) — Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is long overdue, but the legislation passed today in the House does not fix the problems in the current law and will make things worse, not better. Passage of H.R. 5, the Student Success Act, in the House of Representatives walks away from low-income students and students of color and threatens to wipe away 40 years of educational progress.

Intentionally Successful: New Mini-Brief Finds College Efforts to Increase Student Success Work

WASHINGTON (July 17, 2013) — Employing new data reported to the U.S. Department of Education by colleges and universities, The Education Trust finds encouraging news for those concerned about closing access and success gaps in higher education.

A new update to Education Trust’s College Results Online website provides a comprehensive analysis of nearly every individual four-year college and university in the nation as measured against its peer institutions. Together with a new mini-brief by The Education Trust, “Intentionally Successful: Improving Minority Student College Graduation Rates,” these resources uncover significant differences among colleges serving similar students and highlight successful efforts  to increase graduation rates for students of color and successfully narrow gaps between black and Latino students and their white peers.

Joint Statement From Six Student, Youth, Consumer, and Education Organizations on Today’s Senate Vote on Student Loan Interest Rates

WASHINGTON (July 10, 2013) — Today, a minority in the Senate succeeded in blocking legislation to reverse the doubling of interest rates on subsidized Stafford loans for students who need to borrow for college this fall. While a majority of senators voted to extend the 3.4% rate for one year, support fell short of the 60 votes needed to move forward with the legislation.

New Analyses Examine State Track Records in Performance and Improvement

WASHINGTON (July 9, 2013) — Common Core standards have the potential to dramatically raise the rigor of instruction – and the level of achievement – in schools across the country. But these standards will also demand more of our students and teachers than ever before. While there is much work to be done in all states to lift all students to the college- and career-ready level, a new analysis shows that the stretch is far bigger in some states than in others.

Statement from The Education Trust on the Student Loan Interest Rate Increase

WASHINGTON (July 1, 2013) — We are disappointed that Congress was unable to agree on a solution to keep interest rates on federally subsidized Stafford loans from doubling today. By failing to pass a plan to keep interest rates from increasing to 6.8 percent, Congress missed an important opportunity to limit college debt for the millions of students who receive subsidized Stafford loans every year, most of them low-income.

Brief Analysis and Statement from The Education Trust on the NAEP Long-Term Trend Assessment

WASHINGTON (June 27, 2013) — The results from the 2012 long-term trend National Assessment of Educational Progress show that over the last four decades, our nation has made very real progress for all groups of students.

Since the 1970s, reading and math performance for 9 and 13-year-olds has increased significantly. At all ages, gains have been largest among students of color. And they are meaningful: In math, for example, African American and Latino 9-year-olds are performing about where their 13-year-old counterparts were in the early ’70s.

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