Publications

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

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Stuck Schools

Schools often lumped together as “low performing” are not all alike. Some low-performing schools remain “stuck” year after year, while others that started as low performers are among the fastest improvers in their states. Tracking proficiency rates and improvement over time can help policymakers focus scarce resources on the neediest schools.

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March 1 2010

College Results Online Brief: Top Gap Closers*

Some public four-year colleges and universities have made good progress in closing graduation-rate gaps.

(Corrected version posted February 16, 2010.)

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January 28 2010

College Results Online Brief: Top Gainers*

Some public four-year colleges and universities make big improvements in minority graduation rates.

(Corrected version posted February 16, 2010.)

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January 28 2010

Opportunity Adrift: Our Flagship Universities Are Straying From Their Public Mission*

Public flagship and research universities spend millions of dollars every year to aid wealthy students who don't need it, while providing inadequate support to low-income and minority students who do. Some flagships are stepping up to the challenge and focusing on access and success. An account of their performance and progress appears at the end of this report.

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January 13 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.

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January 7 2010

A Guide for Hispanic 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 Hispanic students, and how parents can be effective advocates for their children.

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January 7 2010

Gauging the Gaps: A Deeper Look at Student Achievement*

Using state-level NAEP data, this brief illustrates the pitfalls in one-dimensional appraisals of achievement gaps. Analyzing the gaps from four perspectives is essential to gain a comprehensive, accurate picture of equity.

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January 6 2010

What States Can Do to Improve Teacher Effectiveness*

Educators and policymakers understand that tinkering around the edges won't improve teacher quality and that a concerted effort is essential to create systemic change. To succeed, states must make rapid progress in four areas: (1) defining teacher effectiveness, (2) building better systems to measure teacher effectiveness, (3) basing milestones in the teaching career on measured effectiveness, and (4) establishing and enforcing a policy of equitable access to effective teachers and align other reforms to support this effort.

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December 22 2009

Charting a Necessary Path: The Baseline Report of the Access to Success Initiative*

The baseline report of the Access to Success Initiative shows that low-income and minority students enroll in and graduate from four-year programs at disproportionately lower rates than do other high school graduates in their respective states. Click the report's title to view the individual system profiles.

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December 3 2009

The Value of Value-Added Data*

Value-added data give principals, educators, and parents a potent tool to assess both student achievement and teacher impact. This report shows how value-added data—which tracks growth in student learning—can improve decisions about course placements, individual interventions, and professional development designed to hone teachers’ skills.

 

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November 20 2009