Jun 08, 2016
Note: Ensuring Equity in ESSA: The Role of N-Size in Subgroup Accountability, is no longer current and does not reflect state n-sizes implemented under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
For information about the n-sizes included in state ESSA plans approved by the U.S. Department of Education, see the following All4Ed publications:
- “N-Size in ESSA State Plans”
- “Ensuring Every Student Matters: What Is N-Size and Why Is It Important?”
- ESSA Equity Dashboards
For additional ESSA fact sheets, videos, and resources, visit all4ed.org/essa.
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.
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