United States Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
February 7, 2013
Written Testimony of Kati Haycock, President, The Education Trust
Chairman Harkin, Senator Alexander, and Members of the Committee, thank you for providing me with the opportunity to share with you some initial observations on the state-proposed, Department-approved No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver plans.
My name is Kati Haycock and I am President of The Education Trust. The Education Trust is a nonprofit advocacy organization that promotes high academic achievement for all students at all levels — pre-kindergarten through college. Our goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that consign far too many young people — especially low-income students and students of color — to lives on the margins of the American mainstream.
Whether the NCLB waivers represent progress on – or backsliding from – a national commitment to closing gaps and raising achievement is a critical question, and I appreciate this opportunity to provide The Education Trust’s thoughts on that issue. Given time constraints, I will focus just on the accountability provisions.
Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training
September 20, 2012
Written Testimony of
José L. Cruz, Vice President, Higher Education Policy and Practice, The Education Trust
Chairwoman Foxx, Ranking Member Hinojosa, and Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to testify before you this morning on the importance of data transparency for students, parents, and institutions of higher education.
Chairman Harkin, Ranking Member Enzi, and Members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify before you on the impact of the for-profit college sector on low-income and minority students.
The Education Trust is a research and advocacy organization that promotes high academic achievement for all students at all levels—pre-kindergarten through college. While many organizations speak up for the adults who, as employees or shareholders, have financial interests in schools and colleges, we at the Ed Trust speak up for those that are most vul
Chairman Kline, Ranking Member Miller, and Members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify before you this morning on the role of the federal government in education and its impact on states, districts, and schools.
In his address to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last month, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels aptly captured the historic federal role in education when he said, “Our first thought is always for those on life’s first rung, and how we might increase their chances of climbing.”
Indeed, from the first iteration of the Elementary a
Read the letter to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The document contains sections on Accountability for Results, Standards and Assessments, Ensuring Equitable Access to Effective Teachers and Leaders, Turning Around Our Lowest Performing Schools, Funding Fairness, Instructional Supports for Teachers, and Public Information and Reporting.
Read the Ed Trust letter to the chair and ranking member of the House Committee on Science and Technology urging the committee to retain strong incentives for scholarship recipients to teach in high-needs schools.