Jun 08, 2016
Under current education law, states are responsible for setting the minimum number of students needed to form a student subgroup for federal reporting and accountability purposes. This required student subgroup size is commonly referred to as the state-set “n-size.”
This report recommends that states set their n-size as low as possible (ten or fewer students) to maximize the number of student subgroups created. This will ensure that states identify student subgroups with low academic performance and/or low high school graduation rates and provide targeted interventions to support the schools those students attend. Specifically, states should not require a subgroup to include more than ten students in order to include that subgroup for reporting and accountability purposes.
Read the press release.
Download a letter signed by the Alliance for Excellent Education and more than thirty civil rights, disability, and data-focused organizations urging the U.S. Department of Education to decrease its proposed n-size threshold from thirty to ten in the final Every Student Succeeds Act accountability regulations.
Download the n-size one page fact sheet. Ensuring Every Student Matters:What Is N-Size and Why Is It Important?