History of Ed Trust Action on Accountability in K-12 Education

Our schools aren’t doing the job we need them to do. American students trail behind those in many other developed nations, our employers report that young people don’t have the skills and knowledge needed for the workforce, and college remediation rates remain high. In addition, glaring gaps in academic achievement and graduation rates separate low-income students and students of color from other students.

Our nation needs accountability systems that set ambitious achievement goals, provide clear information to parents and community members, and require decisive action when expectations are not met. These systems will help ensure that federal investments in education actually improve achievement and close gaps between groups, applying pressure where needed to accelerate the pace of improvement.

Recent Actions

  • February 18, 2015: Kati Haycock, president of The Education Trust and Janet Murguia, president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza – “Resources Without Accountability Won’t Work Any Better Than Accountability Without Resources.”
  • February 11, 2015: The Education Trust issued a statement today on the Student Success Act, H.R. 5.
  • February 9, 2015: Comments on the Every Child Ready for College or Career Act discussion draft submitted by The Education Trust to the U.S. Senate HELP Committee.
  • February 5, 2015: Prepared Testimony of Kati Haycock, president, The Education Trust, for U.S. House, Committee on Education and the Workforce, Forum on Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization.
  • February 2, 2015: Coalition of Business, Civil Rights, Disabilities and Education Groups releases Joint Principles for Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization.
  • February 2, 2015: Blog Post – Closing Long-Standing Opportunity and Achievement Gaps: Testing and Transparency Are Critical; But Schools Must Be Accountable for Doing Their Part.
  • January 27, 2015: The Education Trust today issued its Priorities for Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
  • January 27, 2015: Accountability for Closing Gaps and Raising Achievement
  • January 15, 2015: The Education Trust issued a statement today on Sen. Lamar Alexander’s (R-Tenn.) draft of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the Every Student Ready for College or Career Act of 2015.
  • January 11, 2015: Nearly 20 civil rights groups and education advocates released shared civil rights principles for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
  • November 13, 2014: Kati Haycock, president of The Education Trust issued a statement on the U.S. Department of Education’s ESEA waiver renewal guidelines announced today.
  • October 24, 2014: The Education Trust, along with 12 other civil rights and advocacy organizations, sent a letter to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan urging the U.S. Department of Education to ensure states’ accountability systems make the performance of all groups of students matter. Accountability systems also should trigger meaningful supports and interventions for underperforming groups of students, the groups say.
  • October 9, 2014: State accountability systems mask the full story of student achievement, as shown in a new report by The Education Trust. When accountability systems allow schools to earn high marks despite their low performance for some groups of students, it sends a strong message about how the state values the academic progress of these groups.
  • May 7, 2014: On the heels of encouraging news about rising high school graduation rates for all groups of students, results from the 2013 12th grade National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) show that our nation’s high schools are also producing better math results.
  • January 27, 2014: The Education Trust offered public comments to the New York State Education Department on its proposal to seek a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education to allow out-of-grade-level testing for some students with disabilities.
  • August 20, 2013: The Education Trust penned a letter to the Department of Education in support of the mandatory Civil Rights Data Collection with suggestions for how to improve the quality and usability of the data.
  • July 18, 2013: The Education Trust authored a letter to the House expressing opposition to the Student Success Act (H.R. 5) and outlining the major flaws in the legislation.
  • June 18, 2013: An Ed Trust letter to Chairman John Kline (R-Minn.) of the Committee on Education and the Workforce offers comments and recommendations as the Student Success Act is considered in committee.
  • June 18, 2013: Ed Trust sent a letter to Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) supporting the substitute amendement offered during the Student Success Act committee markup.
  • June 10, 2013: Ed Trust sent a letter to Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) to thank him for pursuing reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary School Act and improving the Strengthening America’s Schools Act (SASA).
  • June 10, 2013: Ed Trust’s letter to Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) acknowledges his efforts to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary School Act through the introduction of the Every Child Ready for College or Career Act (ECRCCA).
  • June 10, 2013: The Education Trust sent individual letters to Chairman Kline, Ranking Member Miller, Chairman Harkin, and Ranking Member Alexander with analysis of their ESEA proposals outlining the impact they would have on low-income students and students of color.