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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



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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

Intentionally Successful: Improving Minority Student College Graduation Rates

Employing new data reported to the U.S. Department of Education, The Education Trust finds encouraging news for those concerned about closing access and success gaps in higher education. Over the past three years, the number of black and Latino undergraduates enrolled in four-year colleges has increased far faster than the enrollment of white students. "Intentionally Successful" highlights individual institutions of higher education that are leading and lagging in closing the college completion gap.

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July 17 2013

Uneven at the Start: Differences in State Track Records Foreshadow Challenges and Opportunities for Common Core

No state can afford to implement the Common Core State Standards without an honest appraisal of where their students and educators are at the starting gate. "Uneven at the Start" looks at state track records over the past decade in raising achievement for students overall, as well as for low-income students and students of color.

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July 9 2013

Finding America's Missing AP and IB Students

Programs like Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) are designed to provide high school students with challenging academic course work and a head start on a college education. But despite aggressive efforts to expand participation, there remain significant differences in the rates at which students from different racial and economic groups gain access.

If we can identify and remedy these inequities where they exist, these courses can be a powerful means of disrupting the high-end achievement gap. 

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June 5 2013

Breaking the Glass Ceiling of Achievement for Low-Income Students and Students of Color

While gaps between student groups have narrowed over time at the below basic level of performance, gaps at the advanced level have widened. And among higher income groups, gap-widening between white students and students of color is more pronounced.

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May 14 2013