Press Releases and Statements

Education Trust analysis of accountability plans in first-round NCLB waiver agreements shows potential for both promise, pitfalls in new federal-state partnership in K-12 education

EDITOR’S NOTE:  From the beginning, The Education Trust has recognized both the potential promise and pitfalls of the U.S. Department of Education’s plan to grant state waivers from the federal No Child Left Behind Act. As part of our ongoing work on this front, today we are releasing deeper analyses of the accountability plans in the agreements made with the first 10 waiver states. In the coming days, we will issue further analyses of each state’s plans for educator evaluations and implementation of college and career ready standards. In addition, similar analyses of the new agreement with New Mexico are under way.

WASHINGTON (February 29, 2012) — The Education Trust continues to push Congress hard to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. NCLB has been a critical tool in the effort to raise achievement and close gaps, but it was never perfect and parts of the law have become outdated and unworkable.

Statement from The Education Trust on the New York state teacher evaluation system

WASHINGTON (February 16, 2012) — Today’s agreement on a modernized teacher evaluation system in New York state is a critical step forward for the students, teachers, taxpayers, and employers in the Empire State. The New York State Union of Teachers, the United Federation of Teachers, the State Education Department, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo deserve credit for abandoning an antiquated system that failed students and teachers, and moving on to a system that offers better feedback to teachers, so they can improve their craft, and deliver better outcomes for students.

Statement from The Education Trust on No Child Left Behind waiver announcement

WASHINGTON (February 9, 2012) – The Obama administration has announced that it is granting 10 states waivers from the accountability system of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. In response, The Education Trust issued the following statement from Amy Wilkins, vice president for government affairs and communications:

“Today, the Obama administration embarked on a new phase in the education partnership between the federal government and the states.

School counselors underutilized on secondary campuses

WASHINGTON (December 19, 2011) – When we think of school employees working to boost student learning, we often focus on teachers and school principals. But a key group of adults working in schools cannot be overlooked in efforts to ensure that all students are on a path to academic success: school counselors.

Statement from The Education Trust on Pell provisions of the FY12 House Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON (December 15, 2011) — The news from Capitol Hill today is disappointing. When presented with tough choices in negotiating this year’s federal spending bill — as filed last night — the U.S. House of Representatives took the low road, making cuts to the Federal Pell Grant Program that will hit some of America’s most disadvantaged college students the hardest.

Parents need more information on school quality

WASHINGTON (October 28, 2011) — Using the Internet, American parents can instantly retrieve details on just about anything: from where to get the best deal on snow boots to baking tips and recreational sports. Yet some of the most important details about our children’s schools remain inaccessible to even the most engaged and energetic parents.  

In “Parents Want to Know,” The Education Trust outlines how the data collection required by current federal law fails to meet the needs of parents. The brochure suggests six key areas in which parents need more and better information: student achievement, climate, funding, high schools, school districts, and teachers.

Statement from The Education Trust on the 2011 NAEP reading and mathematics results

WASHINGTON (November 1, 2011) — In both the fourth and eighth grades, America’s students are performing at their highest levels ever in reading and mathematics, according to data released today from the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress. For example:

The Education Trust honors four schools with ninth annual Dispelling the Myth Award

WASHINGTON (October 31, 2011) — Today, The Education Trust announced the 2011 winners of the Dispelling the Myth Award. The award, now in its ninth year, recognizes public schools closing the achievement gap and educating all of their students to high levels.

The 2011 award winners are: 

  • Baylor-Woodson Elementary School, Inkster, Mich. 
  • Calcedeaver Elementary School, Mount Vernon, Ala. 
  • Halle Hewetson Elementary School, Las Vegas
  • Icahn Charter School 1, New York City

Statement from The Education Trust on NCLB waiver plan

WASHINGTON (September 23, 2011) – This morning, President Obama announced a plan to waive some of the accountability provisions of No Child Left Behind.

Stronger teacher evaluation systems benefit teachers and students

WASHINGTON (September 22, 2011) — Today, The Education Trust released “Fair to Everyone: Building the Balanced Teacher Evaluations that Educators and Students Deserve,” a new report outlining the importance of building stronger teacher evaluation systems to help all teachers become good and good teachers become great.

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