“K-12 & Adult Education” Press Releases

Does America Need Pre-K Age 4 National Learning Standards?

June 20, 2016

As the nation mulls over this question, a new report from Educational Testing Service (ETS), explores the benefits and challenges of such an effort just as policymakers and educators work to ensure a strong start for our earliest learners.

An Examination of Opt-Out

June 9, 2016

As the 2016 testing season winds down and educators look toward implementing the new Every Student Succeeds Act, debates over testing policies and practices continue. One of those debates received national attention starting in 2015, led by organized groups of parents removing their children from testing, referred to as the Opt-Out movement.

Illinoisans Now Get to Choose Their High School Equivalency Test

June 2, 2016

For the first time in Illinois history, residents can choose what test they take on their path towards earning the Illinois High School Equivalency Certificate. The Illinois Community College Board recently approved the HiSET® exam to be administered throughout the state.

Study: To Close the Achievement Gap, Close the Resource Gap.

May 16, 2016

A key strategy to improving educational outcomes and closing achievement gaps for children from low-income families is improving state finance systems to ensure equitable funding and increased access to resources, according to a new study from Educational Testing Service (ETS).

New Program Informs Teachers’ Ethical Decision Making

April 18, 2016

Educators engage with the most vulnerable populations and good intentions aren’t enough to drive decisions. Ethics goes beyond a simple right vs. wrong and there is a clear and compelling gap in educators’ professional continuum. Now, the research-based ProEthica program offers educators techniques and strategies for improving awareness of professional risks and vulnerabilities, and for the application of professional ethics in daily decision making.

States and Test Developers Need to Improve How They Identify and Serve English Language Learners

April 7, 2016

Effective practices for identifying students who are English learners (ELs) are crucial to serving this large and growing population of students. However, states, districts and even individual schools differ in the methods they use to identify EL students.