SOURCE: EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE

Educational Testing Service

December 01, 2010 10:38 ET

Media Advisory: Research Conference Aims to Improve Students' College and Workforce Readiness

United States Continues to Fall Behind Other Nations in Educational Attainment and Competency

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - December 1, 2010) - The American Educational Research Association (AERA), the College Board and Educational Testing Service (ETS) will convene a research conference bringing together 21 acclaimed scholars to improve our understanding of college and workforce readiness by examining cognitive and noncognitive competencies necessary for success in school and society. The conference examines the state of the knowledge and aims to advance future research.

Keynote addresses will be delivered by Jim Shelton, U.S. Department of Education; Jane Oates, U.S. Department of Labor; and The Honorable Roy Romer, the College Board.

What: 
"Building Better Students: Preparation for Life After High School"

When: 
Wednesday evening, December 8, through Friday, December 10, 2010

Where: 
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Crystal City
2799 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202

The last decade has seen an increase in the amount of education research being produced to address college and workforce readiness. What has been missing from the educational landscape over this period of time is a focused dialogue among the nation's researchers, policymakers and educators -- with the purpose of finding ways to create the best possible education system that "builds better students" and the best possible base of knowledge that can inform policy and practice long into the future.

Throughout the conference participants will share ideas and focus on methods to improve readiness through four key areas:

  • Teachers and the curriculum
  • Programmatic interventions
  • Selection and assessment
  • Policy

The conference registration fee is $249.00. To register and for a detailed agenda, times, a list of key sessions, presentations and speakers, please visit http://www.ets.org/c/15481/index.html.

Registration is free for members of the press. News media interested in attending should contact Becky Powell at (609) 683-2092 or rpowell@ets.org. Media interested in speaking with a representative of the College Board should contact Jennifer Topiel at (212) 713-8052 or communications@collegeboard.org. Media interested in speaking with a representative of the American Educational Research Association may contact Helaine Patterson (202) 238-3235 or hpatterson@aera.net.

About ETS
At nonprofit ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and post-secondary education, as well as conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually -- including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® tests and The Praxis Series™ assessments -- in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. www.ets.org

About the College Board
The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of more than 5,900 of the nation's leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success -- including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program®. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.

About AERA
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is the national interdisciplinary research association for approximately 25,000 scholars who undertake research in education. Founded in 1916 and located in Washington, DC, AERA aims to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good. www.aera.net

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