Publications For Educators

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

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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

Building and Sustaining Talent: Creating Conditions in High-Poverty Schools That Support Effective Teaching and Learning

Improving public education depends on attracting, nurturing, and retaining talented teachers in schools with the greatest academic need. With concerted attention being given to upgrading teacher evaluation systems, the culture and work environments of struggling schools require equal focus if student learning is to improve.

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June 26 2012

Poised To Lead

The quality of the coursework students take in high school powerfully affects their life options after graduation.  School counselors can guide students through the course selection process. They also can help schools identify policies and practices that propel all students toward success, as well as those that hold some students back. The problem? Too many of today’s school counselors do not serve this function.

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December 19 2011

Fair to Everyone: Building the Balanced Teacher Evaluations that Educators and Students Deserve

In an effort to be fair to everyone, teacher evaluation practices are often fair to no one -- teachers or the students they serve. A new report from The Education Trust makes recommendations on how to improve the practice of teacher evaluation in a way that elevates standards across the profession. Everyone benefits from teacher evaluation systems that gauge performance fairly and comprehensively with a focus on professional growth that promotes student learning.

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September 22 2011

Stuck Schools Revisited: Beneath the Averages

“Stuck Schools Revisited: Beneath the Averages” shows why a national focus on turning around the lowest performing schools, while needed, is not enough to raise achievement and close gaps. The report analyzes student achievement data from Maryland and Indiana, which reflect the outcomes seen in other states.

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April 27 2011

Not Prepared for Class: High Poverty Schools Continue to Have Fewer In-Field Teachers

Nearly a decade after federal law was enacted to ensure that low-income students and students of color had a fair shot at being assigned to strong teachers, students in high-poverty schools are still disproportionately taught by out-of-field and rookie teachers.

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November 18 2010