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Ensuring Every Student Matters What Is N-Size and Why Is It Important?

In 36 states, the academic needs of large numbers of Black and Latino students, students from low-income families, English learners, students with disabilities, and other groups of historically underserved students may be ignored, because the state accountability system fails to include these student subgroups. This fact sheet explains how states set the minimum number of students necessary to count as a student subgroup in school accountability systems and on school report cards, known as “n-size,” and what that number means for monitoring and reporting the academic performance of historically underserved students under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

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December 7, 2018

Publication | Accountability and Support, Data, Every Student Succeeds Act

N-Size in ESSA State Plans

All4Ed’s analysis of the minimum number of students in a school, or n-size, states chose for their school accountability systems and report cards under ESSA.
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June 8, 2016

Publication | Accountability and Support, Data, Every Student Succeeds Act

Ensuring Equity in ESSA: The Role of N-Size in Subgroup Accountability

States should set a minimum number of students needed to form a student subgroup (or “n-size”) for federal reporting and accountability as low as 10 students.
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