ESSA Updates: Making ESSA's Equity Promise Real (January 2019)

This report published by the Learning Policy Institute describes five strategies for advancing equity in the execution of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Within each of the five strategies, state implementation models are included along with resources for further study. The authors also include helpful figures to indicate which states are implementing these strategies for accountability, school improvement, and other uses.

The strategies for advancing equity in the execution of ESSA are as follows:

  • Reduce student suspension rates.
  • Build a positive school climate.
  • Eliminate chronic absenteeism.
  • Implement an extended year graduation rate.
  • Expand access to a college- and career-ready curriculum.

The central thesis of the report builds the case to support underserved subgroups of students who have disproportionate rates of suspension, greater likelihood of attending a school with a school climate that undercuts performance, greater rates of chronic absenteeism, more challenges in graduating with a four-year cohort, and less access to a college- and career-ready curriculum. The authors provide equitable strategies to eliminate achievement gaps and promote success for all students.

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