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: Senators demand student protections

    by Ed Trust

    Ed Trust thanks the eight senators who recently asked Education Sec. Arne Duncan to investigate data manipulation tricks for-profit colleges use to hide huge s…

  • Fast Fact: Exceeding counselor capacity

    by Ed Trust

    Even though our most vulnerable students need extra help pursuing college, the average high school counselor is assigned to 459 students — nearly twice the rec…

  • Fast Fact: Time is Money

    by Ed Trust

    Students starting at four-year public institutions take an average of 5.7 years to earn a bachelor's degree. A year of study at a public, four-year college in …

  • Fast Fact: Giving thanks

    by Ed Trust

    This week, Ed Trust is especially thankful for all the educators and advocates across the country who work hard every day to help all students succeed.

  • Fast Fact: Investing in the future

    by Ed Trust

    "Kids dreaming of becoming scientists or doctors ... even a president, they need a champion in Washington because ... children don't have lobbyists the way oil…

  • Fast Fact: No matter who wins…

    by Ed Trust

    "No matter who wins, we must redouble our efforts to close gaps in opportunity and achievement." - Kati Haycock, president, The Education Trust.

  • Fast Fact: Ready for graduation and beyond

    by Ed Trust

    In New York state, less than 60 percent of black and Latino high school students graduate on time. But at New York's Elmont Memorial High School, where 9 in 10…

  • Fast Fact: Helping ALL students succeed?

    by Ed Trust

    Daisy says that she answered the man at the registration desk "through clenched teeth." This means that Daisy...A) had trouble speaking correctlyB) was nervous…

  • Fast Fact: Closing the opportunity gap

    by Ed Trust

    “There are no learning gaps in children, only opportunity gaps. It is our job to close the opportunity gaps.” – Deb Gustafson, principal of Ware Elementary, Fo…

  • Fast Fact: Reality check

    by Ed Trust

    Between 1975 and 2010, bachelor's degree attainment among white young adults increased 15 percentage points, and only 8 percentage points among black young adu…

  • Fast Fact: The case for campus diversity

    by Ed Trust

    The Supreme Court is considering how much flexibility schools should have in enrolling a diverse student body. Meanwhile, young whites are still three times as…

  • Fast Fact: SAT data reveal opportunity gap

    by Ed Trust

    Students of color who took the SAT were less likely to have taken an honors or AP class or completed a core curriculum than were their white peers.  Want to kn…

  • Fast Fact: Truly excellent and superior?

    by Ed Trust

    Truly superior and excellent? Even though fourth-graders in Chicago Public Schools consistently trail their peers from other large urban districts in math and …

  • Fast Fact: Don’t miss this!

    by Ed Trust

    In 2004, Texas Tech University trailed other institutions in graduating Latinos with bachelor's degrees. But strong organizational leadership helped to improve…

  • Fast Fact: Americans side with educational equity

    by Ed Trust

    Nearly 9 in 10 Americans think it's important to close the achievement gap that separates black and Latino students from their white peers. 

  • Fast Fact: Latino students striving for higher ed

    by Ed Trust

    Nearly half of all Latino undergraduates are the first in their families to pursue any form of higher education. 

  • Fast Fact: Hospitals and classrooms need top talent

    by Ed Trust

    75% of Americans want teacher prep programs to be at least as selective as pre-med programs when admitting candidates.

  • Fast Fact: Disciplinary practices do disservice to black students

    by Ed Trust

    Despite alternatives that would keep students on campus and learning, schools suspend black students at a rate that is over three times that for white students…

  • Fast Fact: Students vs. Shareholders

    by Ed Trust

    What do some for-profit colleges value more? A Senate investigation of 30 for-profits found they spent 19% of revenue on shareholder profits and only 17% on st…

  • Fast Fact: We’re still waiting

    by Ed Trust

    More than seven million college students are counting on Congress to keep their student loan interest rates from doubling on July 1.

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