Equity Tag

Are State Plans Promoting Equity & Opportunity?

On The 74, authors Martin Orland, James Cibulka, and Kenneth Wong conclude that, while they “can’t yet say whether the optimists or pessimists will prove to be more accurate regarding the implications of a retrenched federal role for our most vulnerable populations” under ESSA, what...

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Ed Trust: Equity Advocates Still Have Work to Do

In a new brief by The Education Trust, plans to improve outcomes for low-income students and students of color are “not encouraging.” The report recommends that “civil rights advocates keep a watchful eye on ESSA performance data to show if the new state accountability systems...

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NCTQ Looks (Again) at Educator Equity

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) has released its analyses of educator equity in 34 recently submitted state plans under ESSA, completing the organization’s analysis of all state ESSA plans. These new analyses highlight strengths and opportunities, demonstrating how most are not doing enough...

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Civil Rights Advocates Raise Alarm about Kansas ESSA Plan

According to civil rights activists, Kansas’ ESSA plan “would fail to promote achievement for thousands of students the law was meant to protect.” State education officials disagree, claiming there are “good reasons” for their strategy, which they say is “designed to ensure that Kansas schools...

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Equity Missing in ESSA Plans

Dr. Andrea Ramirez, executive director of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference’s Faith and Education Coalition, discusses the lack of an equity focus in the state ESSA plans reviewed on CheckStatePlans.org. In The 74, Ramirez argues that, “ESSA represents the potential for each state to...

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MT Educators Meet to Draft ESSA Plan

Education groups met with Montana Office of Public Instruction to discuss the state’s draft ESSA plan. Montana officials have chosen to grade schools on college and career readiness, attendance, science proficiency and a yet to be created school survey.

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Best Practice Guide on Educator Equity

The National Council on Teacher Quality released an analysis and best practice guide of educator equity on the 17 state plans that have been released. Each analysis “recognizes notable strengths, or areas where a state’s work is laudable,” as well as “opportunities or areas where...

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New Coalition Formed to Advocate for Oregon Students

In a blog post, Stand for Children Oregon discussed their state’s ESSA plan and the coalition they formed to advocate for Oregon students. The coalition, which also included Latino Network, Unite Oregon, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, Salem-Keizer Coalition for Equality, Children’s Institute and...

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NM Education Secretary Begins 8-City Tour

New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera began an eight-city tour to gather public feedback on New Mexico’s ESSA implementation plan. Skandera’s goals are to close gaps in achievement and to improve the state’s education system. She added, “Proficiency rates dropped pretty exponentially when we shifted...

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Ed Week Takes Deeper Look at Per Pupil Spending under ESSA

Education Week examined an ESSA provision related to per pupil spending. Some experts argue models for calculating per-pupil spending may no longer be valid, causing new challenges for states. While proponents of the measure believe that “school-level spending would show whether majority black, Latino and...

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