PRESS ADVISORY: ETS-CDF Symposium on Closing Opportunity Gaps for Black Male Teens to Succeed in High School

For Immediate Release
June 10, 2013
For More Information Contact:
Raymonde Charles
Press Secretary
202-662-3508 office


Media Advisory

ETS-CDF Symposium on Closing Opportunity Gaps for
Black Male Teens to Succeed in High School

On Monday, June 24, 2013 Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) will hold a one-day symposium titled, “Black Male Teens: Moving to Success in the High School Years.” The nation’s top researchers, educators, child advocates and policymakers will discuss the reality that American high schools are failing many Black young men, leaving them unprepared for college and career opportunities. Black men age 18 and over in 2008 represented only five percent of the total college student population, but 36 percent of the total prison population. A Black boy born in 2001 has a one in three chance of going to prison in his lifetime. The day-long event will offer evidence of highly effective programs closing the opportunity and achievement gaps.


  • Marian Wright Edelman, Children’s Defense Fund
  • Michael Nettles, Educational Testing Service
  • Cassius Johnson, Carnegie Corporation of New York (Keynote speaker)
  • Robert Balfanz, Everyone Graduates Center, Johns Hopkins University
  • David Banks, The Eagle Academy Foundation
  • Judith Browne Dianis, Advancement Project
  • Michael Tubbs, Langston Hughes Academy
  • Cedric Jennings, District of Columbia Youth Advisory Council
  • Ivory Toldson, Howard University

Monday, June 24, 2013
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

National Press Club
529 14th St NW, 13th Floor
Washington, DC 20045

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Raymonde Charles at

About ETS
At 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 as a nonprofit 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.

About CDF
The Children’s Defense Fund Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. CDF provides a strong, effective and independent voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby or speak for themselves. We pay particular attention to the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities. CDF educates the nation about the needs of children and encourages preventive investments before they get sick, drop out of school, get into trouble or suffer family breakdown. CDF began in 1973 and is a private, nonprofit organization supported by foundation and corporate grants and individual donations.