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High-Achieving Disadvantaged Students and Students of Color Fall Behind as They Progress Through High School, Ed Trust Finds

WASHINGTON (April 2, 2014) — Many black and Latino students and students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds who enter high school as top academic performers lose important ground as they push toward graduation day. When compared to their high-achieving white or more advantaged peers, these students finish high school, on average, with lower grades, lower AP exam pass rates, and lower SAT/ACT scores, according to a report released by The Education Trust.

Click here for an Ed Trust infographic illustrating how black, Latino, and low-socioeconomic status students are falling out of the lead.

Statement by The Education Trust on the U.S. Department of Education’s Proposed “Gainful Employment” Regulation

WASHINGTON (March 14, 2014) — The Education Trust issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed “gainful employment” regulation, released today, which is intended to ensure that career-education programs meet minimum standards of quality and cost.

Lessons From Student Stories

WASHINGTON (January 30, 2014) — To elevate the voices of students in school reform discussions in schools and districts, The Education Trust today released The Writing on the Hall, the first in a series of narratives intended to chronicle the school experiences of students and tell the stories behind the achievement and attainment data.

Increasing College-Going and Graduation Rates for Low-Income Students

WASHINGTON (January 16, 2014) – On their own, universities can, through sustained efforts, radically reshape success rates for low-income students and students of color without greater selectivity in admissions, according to two reports released today by The Education Trust. These reports come as the Obama administration calls for institutions of higher education to improve their college-going and completion rates among low-income and minority students.

Click here for a slideshow of eight universities that have markedly improved graduation rates over a sustained period of time.

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This Year … Catalyze School Change

For over a decade, Ed Trust artist-in-residence Brooke Haycock’s performances have sparked conversation and action in schools and communities across the country. If you're looking for something evidence-backed and a little apart from the ordinary to spark honest, necessary conversations, build urgency, and remind people why their work is so important, an Ed Trust docudrama may be just the catalyst you've been seeking.

TUDA Data Show Cause for Concern — and for Hope

Our analysis of the Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) results, which includes 21 districts nationwide, shows that even for similar groups of students, there’s wide variation in student performance across districts.

Low-income, African American eighth-graders in Boston, for example, are outperforming those in Detroit by nearly 35 points in math. The difference in fourth-grade math performance between low-income students in Charlotte and Detroit is nearly as large.

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