Data Tools

Ed Trust has developed a number of tools to help students, parents, educators, policymakers, and advocates more easily find and use key education data.

Explore how well your state's schools are serving Black & Latino students

Black and Latino students across the country experience inequitable access to advanced coursework opportunities. They are locked out of these opportunities early when they are denied access to gifted and talented programs in elementary school, and later in middle and high school, when they are not enrolled in eighth grade algebra and not given the chance to participate in Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and dual enrollment programs. As a result, these students are missing out on critical opportunities that can set them up for success in college and careers.

How well is your state serving its Black and Latino 3- and 4-year-olds?

Only 1 percent of Latino children and 4 percent of Black children are enrolled in high-quality state preschool programs. In 26 states where early childhood education enrollment is reported by race and ethnicity, not a single one truly provided high-quality and high-access for Black and Latino 3- and 4-year-olds.

How does your state stack up? Find out with our Early Childhood Education Equity Tool.

Ed Watch State Reports

Education Watch provide key state-level data on educational achievement and attainment for all groups of students. Where possible, it compare state performance on these important measures. Use Ed Watch to help identify your state’s successes and challenges and point to other states whose great work are models of best practice.

College Results Online

College Results Online (CRO) provides data on college graduation rates, net price, and other important information for nearly every four-year college or university in the country. This tool allows users to identify high-performing schools among similar institutions serving similar student demographics. If you’re considering colleges, this feature can help you pick one that has a good track record of success.

State of Funding Equity Data Tool

Inequities in funding are foundational to all sorts of other inequities in our schools. Yet as a nation, we continue to spend less on educating our low-income students and students of color — the very students who could benefit most from additional support in their schools.

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Interactive P-12 Assignments Analysis Tool

The K-12 Assignments Analysis Tool includes assignments from a range of middle school grades and subjects and were collected from schools with different student demographics. Assignments fall within the low, mid and high range on our Literacy Assignments Analysis Framework. The Tool first notes how each assignment scores on the framework and then lists the details that support the scoring. In the second half of the annotation, we highlight particular key areas of the assignment that stood out for us and pose questions for you to consider.


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