Publications and Reports

Through research and by exploring practices and policies that work and identifying those that don’t, we aim to provide the information and tools necessary to improve and maximize the educational experience for all students, pre-K through college.

Our publications are diverse, intended for advocates, policymakers, educators, and even parents. Use the search bar in the top right corner to explore topics you don’t see here.

Early Learning

Equitable access to early education is critical to improving long-term educational outcomes for students, especially those from under-resourced communities. At Ed Trust–West, we work to uncover the layers of inequities in early learning, from inequitable access to high-quality preschools, to wage disparities for early learner educators, to disproportionate discipline for young Black children. We are committed to ensuring equitable access to high-quality early learning opportunities and strengthening the early learning workforce. Click here to learn more.

K-12 Education

At Ed Trust–West, our work centers on identifying disparities within the K-12 education system, developing research-based policy and practice proposals to address these disparities, and advocating for evidence-based and innovative approaches and solutions. We’re committed to promoting equitable funding, improving educational standards and cultural relevance, strengthening supports for multilingual learners, and ensuring more students from marginalized communities are graduating from high school ready to enter the workforce or pursue higher education. Click here to learn more.

Higher Education

Higher education has never been more critical to economic opportunity and mobility, and our state’s colleges and universities at all levels can do much more to retain and graduate students from marginalized backgrounds. Ed Trust–West is dedicated to eradicating barriers faced by students of color in higher education – ensuring equitable access to financial aid, expanding dual enrollment opportunities for Black, Latinx, and Native students, and addressing the racial inequities in remedial education. Click here to learn more.

English Learners

English learners (also known as multilingual learners or emergent bilinguals) make up nearly one in five students in California public schools. Providing multilingual learners with the supports they need to develop English language skills and academic proficiency — while celebrating the cultural and linguistic assets they bring to school — is critical for ensuring equitable access and success. We’re working to develop research-based recommendations and tools that education systems can implement to support these learners — from early education through the college pipeline — and help cultivate their future success. Click here to learn more.

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  • The Digital Divide in Higher Education

    The COVID-19 pandemic continues to take a heavy toll academically, emotionally, and financially on college students across the state. Our spring 2020 poll of h…

  • Education Equity in Crisis: The Digital Divide

    The digital and technology resource divide is not a new phenomenon facing school-aged children of color and children experiencing poverty. A recent study found…