“Skills, Gaps & Gates” Press Releases

What matters most to the labor market? A degree with skills

September 17, 2018

This fall, nearly seven out of 10 new high school graduates will be heading to college, hoping to earn a degree, which is seen as the best path toward success in the labor market. While higher education generally does result in improved employment and earnings outcomes, a new study, “Skills and Earnings in the Full-Time Labor Market,” finds that reading, writing and math skills have a strong influence on the earnings of full-time workers.

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.