SOURCE: EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE

Educational Testing Service

April 23, 2009 10:11 ET

ETS Experts to Provide Expanded Insights on Achievement Gap Factors

Sixteen Life Experiences and Conditions Critical to Closing Gaps

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - April 23, 2009) - Educational Testing Service's (ETS) Policy Information Center next week will unveil the results of "Parsing the Achievement Gap II," a five-year update on a landmark 2004 report at a National Press Club Newsmaker press conference.

"Parsing the Achievement Gap II" updates ETS's 2003 Policy Information Center study, "Parsing the Achievement Gap: Baselines for Tracking Progress." The updated report revisits 16 factors ranging from birth weight and hunger to lead poisoning, parental involvement, and teacher quality that are related to academic performance.

A panel of noted education and policy experts will answer questions such as, "Five years later what has changed? Are students taking more challenging classes? Has teacher quality improved? Has critical parental involvement increased? Do students feel safer in school? Are more or less students coming to school hungry? Watching more television? What is the two-parent situation for White, Black and Hispanic families? Are the gaps closing? Have we made progress?"

WHEN:       Thursday, April 30, 2009
            10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

WHERE:      National Press Club
            529 14th St., N.W., Washington, D.C.
            Broadcast Operations Center, Suite 480
            Fourth floor

SPEAKERS:   Richard Coley, co-author of the study and Director of ETS's
             Policy Information Center
            Dr. Michael Nettles, Senior Vice President, ETS Policy
             Evaluation & Research Center
            Dr. Edmund Gordon, Professor Emeritus of Psychology and
             Education, Teachers College, Columbia University.
            Marshall S. Smith, Senior Counselor to the Secretary U.S.
             Department of Education
            Paul Barton, noted policy expert and co-author of the study

All those interested in attending can register at http://surveys1013.websurveyor.net/wsb.dll/bfried/043009FA.htm.

For additional questions contact Jason Baran at (609) 683-2428 or jbaran@ets.org.

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