Alliance for Excellent Education Explains the Importance of N-Size

Alliance for Excellent Education Explains the Importance of N-Size

June 8, 2016

Education Week examines Alliance for Excellent Education’s concerns that the accountability regulations in ESSA “would let too many English-language learners, students in special education, minorities, and disadvantaged students slip through the cracks.” The report focuses on a provision that would allow states to pick any “n” size, or minimum number of students from a particular group that a school would have to have for that group to count for accountability purposes. According to Alliance president Bob Wise, “a high n-size could mean ‘no action’ for many students, especially students of color and students from low-income families who make up roughly half of all K-12 students.” ESSA language specifies that the “n” size is up to states to decide. Read more here.