Through the Center for Advocacy & Philanthropy (CAAP), ETS supports organizations whose work is aligned with ETS's mission of advancing quality and equity in education by bringing to the forefront issues in education equity and access that are otherwise emerging or misunderstood. We advocate for solutions through our strategic relationships and collaborations with national organizations and key influencers.
Particular focus is given to organizations whose missions address educational equality for African-American, Asian-Pacific-Islander, Hispanic-American and Native-American communities. These four groups represent the four major underserved and under-represented groups in this country, in terms of access to educational opportunities. They are the four groups for whom the achievement gap and opportunity gap are the greatest.
Strategic Relationships and Collaborations
An example of ETS's advocacy work includes the collaboration with the National Commission on Asian-American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE). In particular, ETS collaborated on a study by Dr. Robert Teranishi and others highlighting the need for and benefits of collecting and reporting disaggregated data for the highly diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander student population. Disaggregating the data helps to reveal the significant disparities in educational experiences and outcomes for this student population. iCount: A Data Quality Movement for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Higher Education was released in 2013.
In 2016, ETS and Rutgers University–Camden convened a two-day conference for educators, public policy officials, philanthropists and community advocates to discuss challenges and barriers impacting girls of color. Bright Futures: Improving Education and Transforming Outcomes for Girls of Color started a conversation about the support and resources needed to make meaningful advancements toward higher education, considering the numerous disparities that persist for young girls of color.
CAAP collaborated with the office of Higher Education Strategic Information and Governance (HESIG), affiliated with the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton University, on the re-examination of critical policy issues affecting college opportunity in New Jersey. The CAAP-funded report, Finding Solutions, Building Public Trust in an Era of Change, offered recommendations to make college more affordable and easier to complete, and to give students the skills they need to succeed in the workforce.
ETS also works with regional and local organizations and school districts located in areas where ETS has a physical presence to support studies, conferences, and other initiatives to promote solutions to education needs.
Equity for Underserved Groups
CAAP leads ETS in the commemoration of Black History Month in February, Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May, Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15 and American Indian Heritage Month in November by bringing noted, national speakers to ETS to talk about aspects of these cultures as they pertain to educational equity. These commemorations serve to educate ETS staff about the history, culture, and contributions of these groups; they also serve to educate and inform ETS staff about the educational challenges and barriers faced by these groups and how ETS's work can help address and mitigate them.
Over the years, ETS has welcomed a number of nationally recognized speakers to ETS during heritage month commemorations such as Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund (2014); Richard Lui, MSNBC anchor and correspondent (2016); Debra Joy Perez, vice president of the Annie E. Casey Foundation (2015); and Cheryl Crazy Bull, president of the American Indian College Fund (2015).