February 27, 2007 09:00 ET

America's Perfect Storm: Three Forces Changing Our Nation's Future

Author of Landmark Report, Education Leaders to Speak in New Orleans

PRINCETON, NJ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 27, 2007 --

WHAT: Dr. Irwin Kirsch, author of a landmark report ETS released this month at a National Press Club Newsmaker press conference, will speak to educators in New Orleans on March 2. A panel discussion will follow about the report's implications for school leaders.

"America's Perfect Storm: Three Forces Changing Our Nation's Future" warns that America is in the midst of a perfect storm that, if unaddressed, will continue to feed on itself, further dividing us socially and economically, jeopardizing American competitiveness and threatening our democratic ideals. The perfect storm is already forming, due to the convergence of three forces -- inadequate literacy skills among large segments of our population, the continuing evolution of our economy and the nation's job structure, and an ongoing shift in the demographic profile of our country powered by the highest immigration rates in almost a century. The report contends that our nation is at a crossroads and must determine whether to continue on a path that could turn the American dream into an American tragedy, or invest in new policies that will help reduce the impact of the storm and allow us to grow together. The executive summary and full report can be downloaded at:

WHO: Presenter: Irwin Kirsch, Director, Center for Global Assessment, ETS

Panelists will include leaders from the following organizations:

--  American Association of School Administrators (AASA)
--  National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE)
--  Association of Latino Administrators & Superintendents (ALAS)
WHEN: 7-8:30 a.m. March 2, 2007

WHERE: New Orleans Marriott, Studios 7 and 8, 555 Canal Street


ETS is a nonprofit institution with the mission to advance quality and equity in education by providing fair and valid assessments, research and related services for all people worldwide. In serving individuals, educational institutions and government agencies around the world, ETS customizes solutions to meet the need for teacher professional development products and services, classroom and end-of-course assessments, and research-based teaching and learning tools. Founded in 1947, ETS today develops, administers and scores more than 24 million tests annually in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. Additional information is available at

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