Educational Testing Service

April 11, 2011 15:48 ET

ETS Researcher to Address Achievement Gap Issues at Annual "A Dream Deferred" Conference

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwire - Apr 11, 2011) - Richard J. Coley, Director of the Policy Information Center at Educational Testing Service (ETS), will address educators, policymakers and students tomorrow on achievement gap issues during a session of The College Board's "A Dream Deferred: The Future of African American Education" conference. The conference runs from April 11-12 at the Hyatt Regency at Penn's Landing. ETS is a sponsor of the event.

The conference is devoted to bringing together education and community leaders from throughout the United States to discuss and explore models of excellence covering the most critical education issues that directly impact African American students. The main thrust of this year's conference is highlighting opportunities and addressing challenges to improve education for African American students.

Coley's presentation will draw data from three reports published by the ETS Policy Information Center -- The Family: America's Smallest School; Parsing the AchievementGap II; and The Black-White Achievement Gap: When Progress Stopped.

He will examine gaps by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status, gaps between U.S. students and those in other countries with which we compete, wealth and resource gaps, and the toll that these gaps take in human capital and development. His view of the achievement gap will be broadened with recent data on the levels of hunger and unemployment among our population and on increasing levels of segregation in our schools.

"In terms of the cost of lost human capital, more than 7,000 students drop out every day and 1.3 million kids from the class of '09 did not get a diploma," Coley says. "We can't afford to waste that amount of human capital, not now, and not in the future. The achievement gap has resulted in the economic equivalent of a permanent national recession. Closing the gap would result in an increase in our GDP of 3 to 5 billion dollars a year."

Copies of the Policy Information Center reports referenced in Coley's presentation are available for download free-of-charge at:

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