ETS CEO on the Future of Education Equity and ETS’s Renewed Commitments

By Walt MacDonald

Originally published on Walt MacDonald’s LinkedIn page. Excerpts from his article are included below.

Last year was a year of tremendous challenges that forced the world of education to continually pivot and adapt. It also made vividly clear that ETS’s mission – to advance quality and equity in education by providing fair and valid assessments, research and related services – has never been more critical.

Now is the time for us to act with purpose and ask ourselves, “what’s necessary,” and, “what’s possible?” For all the progress we’re making in this world, many people are still left behind, facing inequities in education, housing, finance, food and more. As a society we must do everything we can to address these inequities because it’s the right thing to do. If successful, we’ll have a much better world to live in for ourselves, our children and generations to come. At ETS, we believe the journey to those possibilities starts with learning. Therefore, now is the time to engage our community of learners, educators, parents and leaders like never before in the pursuit of creating more equitable learning journeys for more people.

That’s why in 2021, we are renewing our long-term focus on creating equitable learning journeys, exploring each step to uncover gaps and work with partners across the education industry to identify and implement solutions to uncover possibilities for more people and communities.

What good is progress if we can’t bring everybody along with us in the journey to what’s possible?

So, I invite you to follow along with us throughout the year as we examine equitable learning journeys, for we all have a role to play in solving these important issues. We share responsibility as an education community, and as a society, to relentlessly pursue equitable learning journeys not just because of the great benefits we as a collective can realize, but because we can. And that is the spirit of asking what’s possible: pushing ourselves to expand and break through boundaries, to go as far as we can and to refuse to be limited by anything other than our own ambition. Only then will we know what’s truly possible.

Read more on our renewed commitments here.