Publications

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

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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 Educaton 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.

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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

Education Trust Higher Education Practice Guide: Learning From High-Performing and Fast-Gaining Institutions

With growing concern for postsecondary degree attainment sweeping public discourse in state and national circles, The Education Trust presents its top 10 analyses to provoke discussion and action on college completion.

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January 16 2014

Leading Change: Increasing Graduation Rates at CSU-Northridge

In 10 years, graduation rates at California State University-Northridge almost doubled. Read the story of that increase here.

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January 16 2014

Preparing and Advancing Teachers and School Leaders: A New Approach for Federal Policy

The failure of many teacher and leader preparation programs to address the demands educators will face upon graduation, or the needs of districts who will hire them, is unfair to teachers and devastating to students, especially the low-income students and students of color new teachers are likely to teach. "Preparing and Advancing Teachers and School Leaders: A New Approach for Federal Policy" pushes for federal policy to require the collection of more useful information on preparation programs, meaningful action on low-performing programs, and more innovation in how districts and states manage educator pipelines.

Sarah Almy, recent past director of teacher quality and the paper's lead author, answered some questions about the importance of improving leader and educator programs and the role the federal government can play.

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September 23 2013

The State of Education for Native Students

Despite recent progress in improving achievement among students of color, achievement results for Native students have remained nearly flat. As achievement has stagnated, the gaps separating Native students from their white peers have mostly widened. But these trends are not inevitable. Some states, schools and institutions of higher education are already working hard to ensure progress for Native students.

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August 13 2013