Publications

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

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A Step Forward or a Step Back? State Accountability in the Waiver Era

NCLB waivers have opened the door to innovation but also a lot of backsliding when it comes to using accountability to close gaps and raise achievement for all students. Good accountability systems include ambitious, achievable expectations and they prompt meaningful action. Educators, advocates, and policymakers must ask serious questions about whether those elements are present in their state's systems. A Step Forward or a Step Back?

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February 7 2013

Advancing to Completion: Increasing degree attainment by improving graduation rates and closing gaps for African-American students

Some U.S. colleges are making the grade for African-American students. Instead of settling for lower success rates, they are taking responsibility for helping more black students graduate. A new report from The Education Trust, “Advancing to Completion,” shows that colleges and universities across the country are generating positive outcomes for African Americans.

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September 20 2012

Advancing to Completion: Increasing degree attainment by improving graduation rates and closing gaps for Hispanic students

Some U.S. colleges are making the grade for Latino students. Instead of settling for lower success rates, they are taking responsibility for helping more Latino students graduate. “Advancing to Completion,” a new study from The Education Trust, shows that institutions across the country are producing stronger outcomes for Latinos.

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September 20 2012

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

Replenishing Opportunity in America

To protect our democratic traditions, regain economic strength, and meet the demands of our nation's employers, we must improve outcomes for low-income students and students of color. The midterm report on the Education Trust's Access to Success Initiative, "Replenishing Opportunity in America," shows how 22 state public higher education systems leaders are stepping up to this challenge.

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May 3 2012

Access to Success Data Metrics: Technical Appendix

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April 24 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

Los Padres Quieren Saber

Las madres, los padres, los encargados y sus comunidades deberían tener acceso a datos comprensivos y fácilmente obtenibles acerca de las escuelas de sus hijos. El folleto “Los Padres Quieren Saber” de The Education Trust observa la reautorización de la ley educativa actual (ESEA, por sus siglas en inglés) y describe la necesidad de tener informes públicos en áreas tan cruciales como logro académico, escuelas superiores, clima escolar, maestras/os, distritos, y presupuestos. 

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February 15 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

Lifting the Fog on Inequitable Financial-Aid Policies

At every level, from the federal government to the campus, spending has shifted away from the students who most need support toward those who will attend college no matter what.  This report attempts to “lift the fog” on inequitable financial-aid policies to show how all decision makers can work to make college more affordable for the lowest income students. 

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November 14 2011