SOURCE: EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE

Educational Testing Service

September 24, 2009 11:04 ET

Symposium to Examine Out-of-School Learning's Critical Role in Closing Achievement Gaps

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - September 24, 2009) - Educational Testing Service is convening its 12th annual addressing achievement gaps symposium titled, After the Bell Rings: Learning Outside of the Classroom and its Relationship to Student Academic Achievement, to provide a forum for policymakers, legislators, educators, practitioners and researchers to discuss the role of multiple out-of-school education and learning opportunities in enhancing academic performance and closing educational achievement gaps.

Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education Dr. Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana and New York University's Dr. Pedro Noguera will give the keynote addresses.

What:

After the Bell Rings: Learning Outside of the Classroom and its Relationship to Student Academic Achievement

When:

Monday, October 5th, 2009
7:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
7:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Where:

The Fairmont Hotel
2401 M Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

This symposium will feature a public discussion of how out-of-school learning plays a critical role in overall student academic achievement, as well as focus on leading supplementary education research, practice, assessment and ideas for public policy. It will also help to stimulate efforts to advance out-of-school learning at the local, state and national levels. Special attention will be given to the issue of assessing measurable outcomes. The overall goal of this symposium is to enhance the way policymakers, researchers and practitioners view the contemporary role that out-of-school education plays in improving academic performance and closing achievements gaps.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. For a detailed agenda and a list of key sessions, presentations and speakers, please visit www.ets.org/achievementgap. Media interested in attending should contact Jason Baran at (609) 683-2428 or jbaran@ets.org.

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® test and The Praxis Series™ assessments -- in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. www.ets.org

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