Publications About Pre-K-12

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

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

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

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. Educators seeking to close gaps must raise the bar for all students.

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May 14 2013

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