Ed Trust Expresses Concerns over State’s Supergroup Methods

Ed Trust Expresses Concerns over State’s Supergroup Methods

June 1, 2017

In a blog post, The Education Trust raised concerns over states’ use of “supergroup” methods for their ESSA plans. “High-need” groups and “lowest performing” groups are “dominating state plans so far.” According to the post, “Using supergroups takes attention away from individual groups of students, and with it, action on behalf of groups that need it.” According to Lynn Jennings, Ed Trust’s director of national and state partnerships, “By lumping distinct student groups into an ‘other’ group, states are telling schools and districts not to distinguish the histories and educational injustices these students have historically experienced,” and that, “this not only robs students of needed supports and rich educational opportunities, but it also devalues the unique talents and experiences they bring.”