Equity-Driven • Data-Centered • Student-Focused
Raising Achievement and Closing Gaps: P-12 and Beyond
All students need access to a high-quality, rigorous P-12 education to prepare for the opportunities and demands of the world outside of school doors. But too many young people — disproportionately African American, Latino, and Native students and students from low-income families — are getting an education that falls far short.
To help change these inequitable patterns and raise achievement for all students, we work alongside educators, advocates, and policymakers to identify causes of the achievement gap and to promote the practices and policies that will help close it.
Our work is anchored around these key issues:
On September 5, 2017, the Trump administration announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This decision is irresponsible and immoral, putting the futures of 800,000 children and young adults at risk—many of them students.
Since the DACA announcement, advocates from across the country, including Ed Trust, have been calling on Congress to show strong moral leadership and pass a clean Dream Act, which already has bipartisan support, to put Dreamers on a path to citizenship.Learn More
Dual enrollment encompasses college and high school programs, which are partnerships between school districts and institutions of higher education that allow high school students to enroll in college courses and earn transferable college credit.
How can advocates make sure dual enrollment programs are high-quality and advancing equity?Learn More
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.Learn More
These schools serving low-income students and students of color prove that it is possible to get all students to high levels of achievement—it’s being done.
Learn about our work to identify, honor, and draw critical lessons from such schools and share those lessons with the field.Learn More
The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, the long overdue reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, moves the country forward in its efforts to close the longstanding gaps in opportunity and achievement separating students of color and students from low-income communities from their peers. The law contains critical protections for these student groups and provides levers for equity-minded leaders and advocates to move the ball forward in accelerating the achievement of these students.Learn More
If teachers are the most important in-school factor for student achievement, school leaders are a close second. We want to ensure that low-income students and students of color get the effective, well-supported teachers and school leaders they need and deserve.Learn More
To truly understand patterns of opportunity and achievement in America’s schools, we need to understand the stories behind the numbers. To do this, we spend time listening to and learning from the people who live these experiences every day — the students.Learn More