Following is a list of all Education Trust publications arranged from newest to oldest.

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Butterflies in the Hallway

Following a young man named Cornelius through school, from the moment he fell in love with reading in kindergarten to the day he dropped out of school 12 years later, “Butterflies in the Hallway” offers educators an opportunity to examine the often gradual process by which students disengage from schools — and educators from students — and spark conversations about how schools can systemically break what has become a too common narrative tha

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November 6 2014

Making Sure All Children Matter: Getting School Accountability Signals Right

School accountability systems have the potential to be a powerful tool to help close the long-standing gaps in achievement that separate low-income students and students of color from their peers. Making Sure All Children Matter breaks down how accountability systems can do this.

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October 8 2014

Beyond Pell: A Next-Generation Design for Federal Financial Aid

Our current financial aid system focuses on helping students after they enroll, but does nothing for students who cannot afford college up front. Their families often take on burdensome amounts of debt to pay for their education. In our report Beyond Pell: A Next Generation Design for Federal Financial Aid, we ask, "Why not flip the system, so that students reap the benefits of financial aid at the most crucial time -- at the start of college?

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October 1 2014

College Results Online - 2014 Update

For nine years, College Results Online has been a resource for college-bound students, parents, school counselors, policymakers, and researchers. It allows you to select nearly any four-year college or university and compare its graduation rate with that of similar institutions serving similar students. Drawing on the nation’s most comprehensive federal database of college graduation rates, College Results Online also lets you view graduation rates by students’ race, ethnicity, and gender.

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September 13 2014

The State of Education for African American Students

Despite real gains in academic achievement, the performance of African American students across the country still significantly lags that of white students. But achievement gaps don’t exist in a vacuum, they are driven by gaps in opportunity — African American students come to school behind their white peers, but then miss out on adequate within-school resources and experiences that are known to advance academic achievement once they get to school. The State of Education for African American Students compiles national data on achievement and attainment, in both K-12 and higher education, providing a good starting point for discussions and action that can accelerate improvement and raise achievement for African American students nationwide.

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June 30 2014

The State of Education for Latino Students

The fast-growing Latino student population constitutes the largest racial or ethnic group in U.S. public schools after the white student population. And while academic achievement for Latino students has increased over time, key measures indicate that they still lag behind their white peers. Using the best available national data on Latino student achievement and attainment, both in K-12 and in postsecondary education, the State of Education for Latino Students brief points out improved achievement among Latino students and stresses the need to do even more.

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June 23 2014

Tough Love: Bottom-Line Quality Standards for Colleges



With roughly $180 billion in federal student aid and tax benefits provided each year to colleges and universities with virtually no performance strings attached regarding low-income student access, degree-completion, and post-enrollment success measures, these institutions are getting a pass.

The Education Trust report Tough Love: Bottom-Line Quality Standards for Colleges recommends targeting assistance to persistently underperforming public and nonprofit colleges and imposing tough consequences, including cutting off federal aid, on these institutions that fail to improve within a reasonable time period.

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June 17 2014

The View From the Lighthouse

The second installment in our Echoes From the Gap Series, The View From the Lighthouse lays bare student perspectives on what really matters when it comes to creating high-quality schools.

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May 28 2014

Falling Out of the Lead: Following High Achievers Through High School and Beyond

Nationally, many students of color and students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds perform among the top 25 percent of all students in reading and math at the beginning of high school. Many of them, however, leave high school with lower college success markers than their high-achieving white and more advantaged peers. Schools can take action to better serve these students.

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

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April 2 2014

Writing on the Hall

Over the past 12 years, Ed Trust playwright-researcher Brooke Haycock has walked countless hallways in high-poverty high schools across the country stenciled with words about knowledge, freedom, and power. But those powerful quotes are made a mockery when the other signals educators send students — unintended as they may be — convey a very different set of messages about what students can do, what they can be, and what the world will demand of them. The first in our Echoes from the Gap Series,"The Writing on the Hall" explores this juxtaposition with clarity and insight.

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January 30 2014