“Skills, Gaps & Gates” Press Releases

Experts: The Promise of College Requires Sustainable Funding

June 16, 2016

Over 100 College Promise programs across the nation currently fund responsible students working to complete the first two years of community college. But, the future success of such efforts depends on sustainable funding and that’s what brought academic researchers, business leaders, foundation heads and economists to Princeton for a two-day conference this month.

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).

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.

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.

Access to Meaningful Opportunity is Limited to the Few

January 27, 2016

Access to opportunity shaped our nation’s past and defines its future. Opportunity has always been intangible, but for too many Americans, it’s becoming invisible. If access continues to constrict to the few, the affluent and the well-connected, America’s future is at risk.

Studies Look at Possible Replacements for Race-based College Admission Policies

January 26, 2016

As higher education officials struggled to find  race-neutral alternative college admissions policies in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s 2013 Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin ruling, a new series of studies commissioned by Educational Testing Service (ETS), finds that race-neutral approaches fall far short. 

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.

Bilingualism: a Growing Value to U.S. Labor Market

October 12, 2015

Bilingual individuals, who can read and write in English and their native language, drop out of high school at lower rates, enter higher status occupations, and can earn more than those from immigrant backgrounds who only speak English according to a new study released today from the Civil Rights Project at UCLA and Educational Testing Service (ETS).