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The Equity Line contains original analyses, commentary, and “on the ground” stories of students, parents, educators, and activists all over the nation striving to improve education. It chronicles our efforts, as well as those of partners and friends who are working toward the shared goal of closing gaps.

  • Why I Teach Where I Teach: The Opportunity to Make a Difference

    March 2, 2015 by

    This post is a part of an ongoing series, called “Why I Teach Where I Teach,” which asks educators in high-need schools to share what has attracted (and kept) them in the challenging environments they’re in. They share important stories and experiences that should remind us all of…

  • Between the Echoes: What He Learned at School

    February 23, 2015 by

    An offshoot of Ed Trust’s Echoes From the Gap series, drawing stories of students from behind the statistics, this blog series shares shorter narratives — brief glimpses into classrooms and hallways — that give readers an opportunity to examine educator practices and policies through the intimate lens of student experience. All…

  • Bridging the Gap ‘Between Helplessness and Hope’

    February 19, 2015 by

    Once a year during the National Title I Association conference, thousands of people from schools and districts that receive this federal money converge to talk about the requirements of the law and ideas to improve the education of poor children. The law in question, of course, is the Elementary and…

  • Why I Teach Where I Teach: To Disrupt the Pedagogy of Poverty

    February 18, 2015 by

    This post is a part of an ongoing series, called “Why I Teach Where I Teach,” which asks educators in high-need schools to share what has attracted (and kept) them in the challenging environments they’re in. They share important stories and experiences that should remind us all of…

  • What Do Teachers Really Think About Assessment?

    February 12, 2015 by

    This week, congressional staffers and others had a too-infrequent opportunity to hear from teachers about the role of assessments in education. During a Hill briefing, teachers with Teach Plus spoke from their diverse perspectives, but they all echoed a common theme: High-quality assessments — ones that are aligned…

  • Solving the College Affordability Crisis Requires Yanking at the Root

    February 11, 2015 by

    Last week, a POLITICO Magazine article called attention to the annual re-estimate of the federal student loan program. Apparently, the feds expect to earn billion less than expected on student loan payments, which was the result of an unexpected uptick in the number of student loan borrowers…

  • Bridging the College Info Gap

    February 10, 2015 by

    When researchers mailed college information to high-achieving, low-income students last year, follow-up survey results were promising: Many students reported feeling more knowledgeable than their peers about the college application and financial aid processes. But when asked if they recalled receiving the mailings, only 40 percent of…

  • Counting All Students … Because They’re Counting on Us

    February 9, 2015 by

    In 2000, I was a 22-year-old, fist-pumping student organizer barely out of college working with a beautifully motley crew of high school students from across Washington, D.C., who were raising their voices around educational equity in local public schools. Over slices of pizza and soda…

  • Students Want More, Not Less

    February 4, 2015 by

    Policymakers in many states are debating what it means to be college- and career-ready — and whether expectations for students should change to match that definition. But even as policymakers are debating, recent graduates aren’t: Expecting more from them, they say, would not only have benefitted them more…

  • Why I Teach Where I Teach: I Practice What I Preach

    February 3, 2015 by

    This post is a part of an ongoing series, called “Why I Teach Where I Teach,” which asks educators in high-need schools to share what has attracted (and kept) them in the challenging environments they’re in. They share important stories and experiences that should remind us all…

  • Closing Long-Standing Opportunity and Achievement Gaps: Testing and Transparency Are Critical, But Schools Must Be Accountable for Doing Their Part

    February 2, 2015 by

    It’s a common refrain on Capitol Hill that the new education law Congress is working on right now should get the federal government out of micromanaging American public schools, letting states and communities decide how to educate their children. We agree that the federal government shouldn’t micromanage…

  • It Takes a Teacher

    February 2, 2015 by

    When my brother was four and I was nine, I taught him how to read. At least, that’s what I thought at the time. I ran my finger under the words as I was reading and sounded out letters, and he figured out how to decode the words…

  • Celebrating 10 Years of College Results Online!

    January 29, 2015 by

    Ten years ago, we created College Results Online to challenge the conventional wisdom that colleges’ graduation rates were simply a function of the students they served. Since then, this online tool has shown us that colleges serving similar students often get very different results. College Results Online began with…

  • Too Much Testing? Or Not Enough Quality Testing?

    January 27, 2015 by

    As an educator who has spent nearly all of her professional life in urban education, I am deeply concerned about the direction that current (and admittedly much-needed) discussions about over-testing in our public schools has taken. Rather than focusing our ire on the countless poor-quality, unaligned…

  • Grappling With Disturbing Discrepancies in Discipline

    January 22, 2015 by

    It’s sometimes thought that teachers support the suspension and expulsion of trouble-making students, but the two major teacher unions have both opposed excluding students for any but the most serious of offenses. Certainly teachers want to be backed up by their administrators when they feel a student…

  • What Would Happen Without Annual Testing?

    January 22, 2015 by

    I have a very personal connection to annual testing. When my daughter began elementary school, I decided to enroll her in a school with ethnic and economic diversity. I didn’t want her to be the only little, black girl in her class, but I also didn’t want…

  • What’s the Score on Assessments? Most Say to Keep Them Annual and Make Them Count

    January 21, 2015 by

    Today’s Senate hearing on assessments and accountability reaffirms why annual statewide testing used to prompt meaningful action is essential for continuing the academic progress we’ve seen for students and schools over the last decade. When students take a statewide assessment each year, educators and parents get a…

  • Why I Teach Where I Teach: The Opportunity to Share In Schoolwide Decisions

    January 20, 2015 by

    This post is a part of an ongoing series, called “Why I Teach Where I Teach,” which asks educators in high-need schools to share what has attracted (and kept) them in the challenging environments they’re in. They share important stories and experiences that should remind us all of…

  • Between the Echoes: Broken School Windows and Unbreakable Boys

    January 15, 2015 by

    An offshoot of Ed Trust’s Echoes From the Gap series, drawing stories of students from behind the statistics, this blog series shares shorter narratives — brief glimpses into classrooms and hallways — that give readers an opportunity to examine educator practices and policies through the intimate lens of student experience.…

  • Dumb Policy Ideas Not Limited to the Far Right

    January 14, 2015 by

    The joint proposal for ESEA reauthorization from the Center for American Progress and the American Federation of Teachers shows that bad policy ideas aren’t limited to the far right. If adopted, these policies would return us to a time when how much students learned hardly mattered (that is…