Publications

Chock full of provocative data, analysis, and lessons from the field, our publications aim to get to the core of closing gaps in opportunity and achievement. By exploring practices and policies that work and identifying those that don’t, we aim to provide the information and tools necessary to advance educational justice.

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  • A Promise Worth Keeping

    Free college programs have been around for some time, but they have proliferated in recent years, prompted by rising college costs, mounting student debt, and …

  • “And they cared”: How to Create Better, Safer Learning Environments for Girls of Color

    All across the country, girls of color are excluded from school for subjective offenses like these, missing out on critical class time and opportunities to lea…

  • Segregation Forever?

    While the COVID-19 pandemic and the police killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Rayshard Brooks have shined a bright light on systemic racism in U.S. …

  • Retaining Teachers of Color

    All students benefit from having even just one teacher of color, but the benefits are even greater for students of color to see someone leading instruction who…

  • SEAD Through a Race-Equity Lens

    Social, emotional, and academic development (SEAD), is a holistic approach to supporting students that is gaining momentum across the country.Existing research…

  • Hard Truths

    Despite the popular belief that affirmative action gives Black and Latino students an unfair advantage, these students are still underrepresented at the nation…

  • Inequities in Advanced Coursework

    Black and Latino students across the country experience inequitable access to advanced coursework opportunities. They are locked out of these opportunities ear…

  • How Affordable Are Public Colleges in Your State?

    For millions of college-going students, one of the most urgent concerns is the rising cost of college and how to pay for it — and not just for tuition but othe…

  • 5 Things to Advance Equity in Access to and Success in Advanced Coursework

    Use data to identify the barriers that prevent students of color and students from low-income families from enrolling in advanced courses and take action S…

  • 5 Things to Advance Equity in Access to Strong and Diverse Educators

    Set – then meet – clear goals at the state and district level to increase access to strong and diverse educators Target resources to the districts and scho…

  • Young Learners, Missed Opportunities

    High-quality early childhood education (ECE) is important to the rapid development that happens in the first five years of a child’s life and has long-lasting …

  • If You Listen, We Will Stay

    A majority of the nation’s public school students are students of color, but less than 20% of teachers are teachers of color — and only 2% are Black men. While…

  • Creating Accountability for College Access and Success: Recommendations for the Higher Education Act and Beyond

    There are not many issues that the public and policymakers from diverse backgrounds and political beliefs can agree on, but the need to improve higher educatio…

  • Broken Mirrors

    Como entidades exentas de impuestos y respaldadas por los contribuyentes, las universidades y los institutos superiores públicos de EE. UU. deben promover el i…

  • Broken Mirrors

    As tax-exempt, taxpayer-supported entities, U.S. public colleges and universities should advance the public interest by ensuring all U.S. residents – regardles…

  • Webinar Series: School Improvement Under ESSA: What You Need to Know to Engage

    In the summer of 2018 The Education Trust hosted a series of webinars exploring evidence-based practices and policies that can drive improvement in struggling …

  • Broken Mirrors

    If America’s public colleges and universities are supposed to be true democratic engines of opportunity and social mobility, their student body and graduates s…

  • School Counselors Matter

    As part of a school support team, school counselors provide critical social-emotional and academic supports. Through a comprehensive school counseling program …

  • Aiming for Equity

    A college education has never been more important. Over 99 percent of all jobs created during the recovery from the 2008 recession went to workers with at leas…

  • Motivation and Engagement in Student Assignments

    When students have the opportunity to attend classes that are engaging, creative, and relatable to their lives, they are more likely to succeed academically. U…