The Importance of Measuring Subgroups Under ESSA

The Importance of Measuring Subgroups Under ESSA

November 1, 2018

All4Ed’s Anne Hyslop responds to a recent piece by Mike Petrilli about the Alliance’s analysis of ESSA accountability plans, which identified a dozen states that fail to ensure subgroups are “universally included in school ratings.” While Petrilli argued that “Including subgroups in school ratings doesn’t matter because subgroup performance is almost always reflected in schoolwide averages, at least when using value-added measures.” Hyslop responds that advocates for underserved students cannot and should not “stop worrying about the inclusion, or lack thereof, of subgroups in school ratings.”