“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.

New Jersey and San Antonio Students Eligible for Collegiate Scholarships

March 22, 2016

Graduating seniors in the New Jersey and San Antonio public education system are invited to apply for a 2016 ETS Employees’ Community Action Fund (ECAF) scholarship.

Pennsylvanians Now Get to Choose Their High School Equivalency Test

February 25, 2016

For the first time in Pennsylvania history, students will have a choice in what test they take to earn the state’s high school equivalency credential, the Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma. The Pennsylvania Department of Education authorized the HiSET® exam to be administered by test centers throughout the state, beginning this month.

Oklahomans Now Get to Choose Their High School Equivalency Test

November 12, 2015

Nineteen percent of Oklahomans over the age of 25 haven’t finished high school, leaving large populations of the state underprepared to meet workforce demands. Studies also show those who lack a high school credential are more likely to live in poverty or be incarcerated.

ETS Launches Praxis ® Performance Assessment for Teachers (PPAT)

September 22, 2015

Teacher candidates required to submit a teacher performance assessment can now use the Praxis ® Performance Assessment for Teachers (PPAT) to effectively demonstrate what they know and are able to do in a classroom.