Publications About Quality Curriculum and Assignments

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

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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.

Click here for an Ed Trust infographic illustrating how black, Latino, and low-socioeconomic status students are falling out of the lead.

Publication date: 
April 2 2014

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.

Publication date: 
April 27 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).

Publication date: 
December 20 2010

A Guide for African-American Parents: How to Help Your Child Prepare for College and Career*

Why your child needs to prepare for college and a career, how to tell if your child’s school has college-ready academic standards, the special hurdles facing African-American students, and how parents can be effective advocates for their children.

Publication date: 
January 7 2010

A Guide to Homework for Parents to Help Their Children Succeed*

This guide helps parents locate their state’s academic standards, compare homework assignments with the standards, ask questions about homework assignments, and get help when homework seems meaningless, too difficult, or too easy.

Publication date: 
September 30 2009 (All day)

What Does It Take to Close Achievement Gaps and Help All Students Learn at High Levels?*

Find answers in How It’s Being Done: Urgent Lessons from Unexpected Schools. Karin Chenoweth’s latest book takes you on a coast-to-coast tour of classrooms that work. These schools turn high expectations into academic success, whether they serve low-income white kids in rural Arkansas, Latino teens in Southern California, or black middle schoolers in Boston. Learn how they do it.

Publication date: 
September 8 2009

On Course for Success

The Education Trust along with the ACT collaborated to write On Course for Success which provides examples of model high school courses that prepare students for the rigors of college and ultimately the work force.

Publication date: 
December 1 2004 (All day)

A New Core Curriculum For All: Aiming High For Other People's Children

This report highlights findings from several large-scale economic and education studies. It argues that educators and policymakers working to ensure that all students are prepared for success in work and in college must attend, first and foremost, to ensuring that students take the rigorous courses that research makes clear are necessary for such success.

Publication date: 
December 4 2003 (All day)