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.

Our publications are intended for educators, advocates, lawmakers, and  parents. Use the links below to sort by issue areas or the search bar to explore topics you don’t see here.


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  • 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…

  • A Promise Fulfilled

    Each fall, millions of college students across the country start classes in hopes of earning their degree. However, the weight of steep tuition bills, rent, gr…

  • National & State Trends in Degree Attainment for Black Adults

    The U.S. requires a well-educated workforce to grow our economy, strengthen our democracy, and solve big problems at home and abroad. And individuals with a co…

  • National & State Trends in Degree Attainment for Latino Adults

    The U.S. requires a well-educated workforce to grow our economy, strengthen our democracy, and solve big problems at home and abroad. And individuals with a co…

  • Checking In: Are Math Assignments Measuring Up?

    Nearly every state includes measures of college- and career-readiness in their accountability plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act, and the quality of cl…

  • Accountability for Access and Success in the Higher Education Act

    Equity-focused accountability has the potential to refocus our higher education system on its most important purpose: successful outcomes for all groups of stu…

  • Investing in the Development and Scaling of Evidence-Based Practices for Improve Student Success

    Research from The Education Trust has consistently shown that, with dedicated and intentional effort, institutions can close access and completion gaps between…

  • Investing in Pell is Investing in the American Dream

    Pell Grants help make higher education accessible for over 7.5 million students. Over one-third of White students, two-thirds of Black students, and half of La…

  • Investing in Second Chances: Lifting the Ban on Pell Access for Incarcerated Students

    As our country continues to grapple with how to best reform the criminal justice system, there is bipartisan momentum at the federal level to support high-qual…

  • Funding Gaps 2018

    School districts that serve large populations of students of color and students from low-income families receive far less funding than those serving White and …

  • Our Stories, Our Struggles, Our Strengths

    America is experiencing a diverse, cultural shift and the teacher workforce is lagging behind: While Latino students make up 25 percent of the U.S. student pop…

  • Trends in State ESSA Plans

    Strong school accountability systems can send a clear message that the achievement of all groups of students matters and that to be considered good, a school m…

  • A Look at Latino Student Success

    More Latino students are enrolling in four-year colleges and universities than ever before. But what happens to these students after they arrive on campus? Do …

  • Tackling Gaps in Access to Strong Teachers

    Of the many inequities in our education system, gaps in access to strong teaching have proven to be among the most stubborn. That’s not to say that there aren’…