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The American ideal of equality demands that we provide all young people with the education required to thrive in college, career, and a democratic society. Yet academic achievement gaps persist, keeping many low-income and minority students from building productive lives. That’s why The Education Trust mines data to reveal the factors that create these inequities. It’s also why we spotlight schools that are giving young people of diverse backgrounds the skills and knowledge they need.
Effective teachers propel student success. Sadly, too many minority and low-income youth get teachers who have not mastered the subject matter and have deficient classroom skills. The Education Trust seeks to boost access to high-quality instruction for all.
Given strong high school preparation, young people can explore a wide range of options for work and higher education. Without it, they may suffer crippling limitations. At The Education Trust, we partner with educators, advocates, and policymakers to promote rigorous high school curricula in all schools. Similarly, we work to ensure that students across the country receive the high-caliber assignments that drive academic achievement.
The most public funds should flow to the schools that need them most. Yet a hard look at the numbers paints a far different picture. The poorest states receive less federal Title I money aimed at low-income students than the wealthiest states. School districts serving the most low-income and minority youth often receive less state and local money than those serving affluent and white students. The Education Trust strives to close these funding gaps.
To lift our students to their full potential means taking the long view. That means forging a unified education system, P-16. In cooperation with school leaders at all levels, The Education Trust works to raise high school graduation rates, boost college readiness, and ramp up the number of bachelor’s degrees students earn.