Standards of Equity and Excellence:
Are States Considering Subgroup Performance?
Susie Feliz, Vice President for Policy and Legislative Affairs, National Urban League
Phillip Lovell,Vice President of Policy Development and Government Relations, Alliance for Excellent Education
On November 20, 2019 the National Urban League and the Alliance for Excellent Education held a Webinar on the Implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This webinar served as a follow up to the National Urban League’s report Standards of Equity and Excellence: A Lens on ESSA State Plans, this webinar focused on how state accountability systems are, and are not, taking into account the performance of student subgroups.
ESSA requires states to disaggregate and report data on the performance of student subgroups on all indicators in their accountability systems, including achievement in reading and math, high school graduation rates, and the progress of English learners toward English language proficiency. All states are in the process of implementing their ESSA plans and the results of the first year of states’ new accountability systems are now public, including school ratings and the identification of schools for support. As the impact of state policy choices on historically underserved students is becoming clear, it is important for stakeholders to understand the data and maintain engagement with their state and local education agencies.
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