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

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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

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

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

Instructional Supports: The Missing Piece in State Education Standards

The transition from current state learning standards to college- and career-ready standards being rolled out across the nation is more than a subtle shift. In "Instructional Supports: The Missing Piece in State Education Standards," The Education Trust offers insights about the best ways states can support our nation's educators in their efforts to help students meet high academic standards.

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March 30 2012

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

Getting it Right: Crafting Federal Accountability for Higher Student Performance and a Stronger America

Whether through reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act or using the Department of Education’s waiver authority, federal policymakers must fix what No Child Left Behind got wrong, while salvaging what it got right: a focus on improving achievement and closing gaps for all groups of students. In this report, The Education Trust details its recommendations for new federal accountability policy.

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September 13 2011

Shut Out of the Military: Today's High School Education Doesn't Mean You're Ready for Today's Army*

In “Shut Out of the Military,” the first-ever public analysis of the Army’s Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), Ed Trust finds that more than one in five young people interested in enlisting does not meet the minimum eligibility standard required for the Army (as measured by the Armed Forces Qualification Test, comprised of four academic subtests of the ASVAB).

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December 20 2010

Subprime Opportunity: The Unfulfilled Promise of For-Profit Colleges and Universities*

Three years after the U.S. housing market collapse, our country continues to suffer the effects of misplaced priorities and weak regulation of subprime mortgage lenders. Meanwhile, as Ed Trust’s report “Subprime Opportunity” warns, the most vulnerable Americans are being targeted by yet another set of corporations peddling access to the American dream but delivering little more than crippling debt. This time, it’s underregulated for-profit colleges.

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November 22 2010

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

Big Gaps Small Gaps in Serving Hispanic Students

Some Colleges and Universities Do Better Than Others in Graduating Hispanic Students

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August 9 2010