Research

The rigorous research ETS conducts into the causes and consequences of education inequity is the cornerstone of our efforts to close the achievement gap. The information we have compiled and analyzed over many years enables us to develop innovations in educational assessment, collaborate effectively with our partners, and raise awareness of issues and attitudes that must be overcome to achieve universal education.

Black Male Teens: Moving to Success in the High School Years

Black Male Teens: Moving to Success in the High School Years

By Deborah Yaffe
Winter 2013

This report highlights the discussion from the Addressing Achievement Gaps symposium held in June 2013. The symposium featured several panel discussions about issues related to Black male teens and their experiences in high school.
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Taking Action: Navigating the Common Core State Standards and Assessments

Taking Action: Navigating the Common Core State Standards and Assessments

By Deborah Yaffe
Fall 2013

This report highlights the discussion from "Taking Action: Navigating the Common Core State Standards and Assessments," a conference co-convened by ETS and the National Urban League in February 2013. Part of the Saturdays at ETS series, the conference brought together researchers, funders, advocates and local school officials to discuss the progress of the NUL’s Equity and Excellence Project.
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Optimizing Talent: Closing Educational and Social Mobility Gaps Worldwide: Higher Education and Lifelong Learning

Optimizing Talent: Closing Educational and Social Mobility Gaps Worldwide: Higher Education and Lifelong Learning

By Deborah Yaffe
Spring 2013

This issue of ETS Policy Notes (Vol. 21, No. 1) provides highlights from the Salzburg Global Seminar in October 2012. The seminar focused on higher education.
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Optimizing Talent: Closing Educational and Social Mobility Gaps Worldwide: Rapporteur's Report

Optimizing Talent: Closing Educational and Social Mobility Gaps Worldwide: Rapporteur's Report

October 2012

This report offers an overview of the major topics and findings for the third Salzburg Global Seminar, convened October 2012, on higher education.
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Middle School Matters: Improving the Life Course of Black Boys

Middle School Matters: Improving the Life Course of Black Boys

By Deborah Yaffe
Winter 2012

This issue of ETS Policy Notes provides highlights from the Addressing Achievement Gaps symposium held in July 2012, which focused on the challenges facing Black boys in Middle School.
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Optimizing Talent: Closing Education and Social Mobility Gaps Worldwide

Optimizing Talent: Closing Education and Social Mobility Gaps Worldwide

By Robert Schwartz and Beth Brody
Fall 2012

This issue of ETS Policy Notes (Vol. 20, No. 3) provides highlights from the Salzburg Global Seminar in December 2011. The seminar focused on bettering the educational and life prospects of students up to age 18 worldwide.
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Advancing Equity: Removing Roadblocks to Achieving High Academic Standards

Advancing Equity: Removing Roadblocks to Achieving High Academic Standards

By Deborah Yaffe
Summer 2012

This issue of ETS Policy Notes (Volume 20, Number 2) provides highlights from the second session of the Saturdays at ETS series on the challenges facing standards-based education reform. The conference was co-convened by the Council for Opportunity in Education, the Education Law Center and the National Urban League.
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State Pre–K Assessment Policies: Issues and Status

State Pre–K Assessment Policies: Issues and Status

By Debra J. Ackerman and Richard J. Coley
February 2012

This report identifies and describes state-funded Pre–K assessment policies and programs operating in 2012 and discusses the special challenges related to assessing your children.
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A Strong Start: Positioning Young Black Boys for Educational Success

A Strong Start: Positioning Young Black Boys for Educational Success

By Richard J. Coley
June 2011

This brief statistical profile of the educational and life status of Black males provides a snapshot of the rugged terrain many Black boys traverse during the course of their lives and how it impacts a child's development.
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Optimizing Talent: Closing Educational and Social Mobility Gaps Worldwide

Optimizing Talent: Closing Educational and Social Mobility Gaps Worldwide

By Deborah Yaffe
Spring 2011

This issue of ETS Policy Notes (Vol. 19, No. 2) provides highlights from the first of three international conferences on education and social mobility co-sponsored by ETS and the Salzburg Global Seminar (SGS).
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The Black-White Achievement Gap: When Progress Stopped

The Black-White Achievement Gap: When Progress Stopped

By Paul E. Barton and Richard J. Coley
July 2010

This report examines the available data on when, why and how the achievement gap between Black and White students began to narrow and looks for clues to the mystery of why that progress stopped.
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