The Education Trust-Midwest works for the high academic achievement of all Michigan students in pre-kindergarten through college. Our goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that disproportionately impact students of color, English Learners, students with disabilities and children from low-income backgrounds.

As a nonpartisan, data-driven education policy, research and advocacy organization, we are focused first and foremost on doing what is right for Michigan children, working alongside partners to raise the quality of teaching and learning in our public schools.

What We Do

All students, pre-K through college, can learn and achieve at high levels if they get a high-quality education. But many young people — disproportionate numbers of low-income students and Black, Latino, English learners and students with disabilities among them — continue to be denied access to the high-quality learning opportunities they need. Our mission is to change all that in Michigan: to close our state’s gaps in opportunity and achievement that consign too many students of color and low-income students to the margins of the Michigan mainstream.

The Education Trust-Midwest works in partnership with policymakers, educators, advocates, parents, business and civic leaders, community groups and others to advance the development and implementation of policies and practices that improve the educational outcomes for all of Michigan’s students. We serve as a nonpartisan center for education information, data and policy expertise.

Ed Trust-Midwest does work in a variety of ways:

Core Beliefs

  •  The power of education to reinvent Michigan for the 21st century and to close the gaps that separate low-income students and students of color from other young Americans.
  •  Long-standing gaps in opportunity, achievement, and attainment have roots inside and outside of schools. And though we know these gaps are stubborn, we also know they are not inevitable.
  •  A strong education improves the lives of young people, is vital to sustaining our democracy, and strengthens America.


The Education Trust-Midwest is fortunate to have the support of a strong and diverse group of funders. Their belief in our work – and their vision of a nation where all students have the opportunity to achieve at high levels – sustains and encourages us to stand up for what’s right.

The work of The Education Trust-Midwest is made possible through the generous support of the following Michigan-based funders:

The Education Trust Network

The Education Trust-Midwest, founded in 2010, is the Michigan affiliate of the Washington D.C.- based Education Trust. Established in 1996, The Education Trust is speaks up for students, especially those whose needs and potential are often overlooked. Since 2001, The Education Trust-West, an Oakland, California- based affiliate, has worked to eliminate achievement gaps in the Golden State. Our newest office, New York City-based The Education Trust-New York, pursues educational justice for all students across New York State, particularly those of color or living in poverty.

For more information on The Education Trust, The Education Trust-New York, or The Education Trust-West, please visit their websites.