Educational Testing Service (ETS) Achievement Gap conferences gather top researchers, policy experts and educators to discuss ways to improve educational attainment, how to close achievement gaps and suggestions for research, practice, assessment and public policy.
September 20, 2014
For the past half-century, postsecondary education has grown steadily in value. People who attain postsecondary education and degrees increase their likelihood of also achieving higher lifetime earnings and a higher quality of life.
February 9, 2013
Implementation of the Common Core State Standards will offer many challenges to educators and students, but none more so than to historically underserved communities, many of whom lack resources and effective teachers. The symposium, titled "Taking Action: Navigating the Common Core State Standards and Assessments," was the third in a series of Saturdays at ETS and co-convened by ETS and the National Urban League.
November 4–5, 2011
At this symposium, scientific experts and education stakeholders grappled with the academic, fiscal and program investments — including standards and structures — necessary to fully achieve equitable educational opportunity.
June 23, 2014
National Press Club
ETS co-convened this symposium with the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) to examine the opportunities and challenges that postsecondary education presents for young Black men, as well as discuss evidence and generate solutions that can help lead to greater success. Along with research, examples and expertise, the symposium featured anecdotes from Black men who have succeeded at accessing, affording and completing college.
June 24, 2013
ETS convened this symposium with the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) to discuss the potentially perilous high school years of 1.7 million young Black men ages 14–18 as they prepare for postsecondary education and careers.
July 23–24, 2012
This symposium, convened by ETS and the Children's Defense Fund (CDF), was held during the CDF's conference "Pursuing Justice for Children and the Poor with Urgency and Persistence: A Community and Youth Empowerment." The purpose of this conference was to highlight the special challenges facing Black boys ages 9–13 and to examine the most effective practices in schools that can help close achievement gaps and foster academic success.
June 14, 2011
This ETS symposium was devoted to the issues facing Black boys in their early years. ETS partnered with the Children's Defense Fund to explore the challenges facing this vulnerable population, as well as the opportunities to position young Black boys for educational success.
December 6–11, 2011
This session discussed where educational and social mobility gaps exist, what effect they have, why they persist and what can be done to eliminate them.
April 4–5, 2012
This conference addressed the challenges of curriculum/learning relevance and inequality (early years to secondary education) reflected in learning outcomes and assessment studies. It explored good practices and policies for bridging the inequality gaps, as well as innovative financing options for addressing the quality-inequality gaps.
November 13, 2010
This ETS symposium focused on how to increase student effort and motivation, and encourage Black males to strive toward high academic performance and success. It recognized valuable research and programs on Black male achievement and ways to broaden the attention toward continuing progress.
October 18, 2010
This ETS symposium discussed ETS's published report "The Family: America's Smallest School" which explored the status and role of the family in education. This symposium gathered researchers, policy experts, educators and practitioners to explore today's realities and tomorrow's solutions.
March 3, 2010
This ETS symposium concentrated on ways to improve educational levels, ideas for closing achievement gaps and suggestions for research, practice, assessment and public policy. It was co-convened by the American Association of Community Colleges and the Council of Adult and Experiential Learning, and featured presentations by academics, policy advocates and government officials.