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.

  • Fast Fact: Happy Fourth of July!

    by Ed Trust

    Happy Fourth of July from The Education Trust.

  • Fast Fact: Good news

    by Ed Trust

    There’s good news in NAEP long-term trends. In reading, the black-white and Latino-white gaps for 17-year-olds have narrowed by about 50% since the 1970s. …

  • Fast Fact: Teacher prep isn’t measuring up

    by Ed Trust

    Only 30% of elementary and special education teacher prep programs adequately teach candidates the most effective methods for helping their future students bec…

  • Fast Fact: They’re Closing Access Gaps

    by Ed Trust

    At 10% of high schools, AP participation by low-income students is greater or equal to that of higher income students. Learn more about what these schools are …

  • Fast Fact: 600,000 Students Missing from AP Courses

    by Ed Trust

    Nationwide, over 600,000 more low-income students and students of color would benefit from AP courses in their schools if they participated at the same rate as…

  • Fast Fact: Students can’t afford higher rates.

    by Ed Trust

    The high cost of college already shuts out more than 100,000 low-income, college-qualified students. We can't afford to make matters worse. If Congress fails t…

  • Fast Fact: Higher income students face gaps too

    by Ed Trust

    On the 2011 NAEP, higher income black and Latino students were as likely to score at the below basic level in fourth-grade math as low-income students. Learn m…

  • Fast Fact: Gaps at the Top

    by Ed Trust

    Students of color face gaps throughout the achievement spectrum. On the 2011 fourth-grade math NAEP, roughly 1 in 10 white students scored at the advanced leve…

  • Fast Fact: Great Teachers Can Change Lives

    by Ed Trust

    “Great teachers and principals can help to close persistent achievement gaps, improve student attitudes about school, and build habits of mind that can change …

  • Fast Fact: Great Teachers Can Change Lives

    by Ed Trust

    “Great teachers and principals can help to close persistent achievement gaps, improve student attitudes about school, and build habits of mind that can change …

  • Fast Fact: Higher Math Means Greater Gains

    by Ed Trust

    High schoolers who take math beyond Algebra II make greater math achievement gains than similar students who stop there.

  • Fast Fact: Attrition v. Admission

    by Ed Trust

    At more than 200 higher education institutions nationwide, less than 10 percent of students graduate with a degree or certificate. Colleges and universities ne…

  • Fast Fact: For-Profit Colleges Need High Standards

    by Ed Trust

    Taxpayers fund 86% of revenue for the 15 big, publicly traded for-profit colleges. Gainful employment regulations are meant to ensure minimum standards of qual…

  • Fast Fact: To Learn, Students Need To Be In School

    by Ed Trust

    In 2009-10, nearly 1 out of every 3 African-American boys in high school were suspended. That’s three times the rate of their white peers. To raise achievement…

  • Fast Fact: Our Social Responsibility

    by Ed Trust

    States are preparing to implement the new Common Core State Standards, but some are transitioning better than others. William Schmidt and Nathan Burroughs of M…

  • Fast Fact: Tell Texas: Don’t Turn Back the Clock

    by Ed Trust

    Some Texas legislators want to water down high school graduation requirements, blocking the pathway to college for more kids. Don’t let them turn back the cloc…

  • Fast Fact: Parents Just Say No to Expensive Colleges

    by Ed Trust

    Students aren’t the only ones concerned with high college costs. More than two-thirds of parents say they are likely to limit their kids’ college choices based…

  • Fast Fact: Pell Under Attack… Again

    by Ed Trust

    Rep. Paul Ryan wants to freeze Pell Grant funding for 10 years. That would shrink its purchasing power to just 17 percent of college costs by 2023.

  • Fast Fact: Sequester could impact college students

    by Ed Trust

    Sequestration could shut 33,000 college students out of federal work-study programs.

  • Fast Fact: Students could lose out

    by Ed Trust

    Disadvantaged K-12 students could lose 725 million dollars in school funding unless Congress resolves the impending sequester.

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