Policy News

Policy News

Ensuring Equity in ESSA: The Role of N-Size in Subgroup Accountability
The academic needs of large numbers of African American and Latino students, students from low-income families, English language learners, students with disabilities, and other groups of traditionally underserved students in 27 states and Washington DC could be ignored under a new proposal from the U.S. Department of Education, according to a new report by the Alliance for Excellent Education. The report examines where individual states set their “n-size,” the number at which students in these groups will trigger improvement actions for low academic performance. “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 yet graduate from high school at rates much lower than other students,” said Alliance for Excellent Education President Bob Wise. The report recommends that states set their n-size at ten or fewer students. Currently, however, only thirteen states set an n-size of ten or fewer students. Read the report here.

National Academies Teacher Advisory Council Appoints Experts in Afterschool, Informal and Engineering Education
For the first time since its inception, the National Academies Teacher Advisory Council has appointed two new members with expertise from the afterschool and informal education communities: 1) Dr. Dennis Schatz, Senior Advisor at Pacific Science Center in Seattle, WA and 2) Dr. Michael Kennedy, research professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Physiology, Northwestern University; founding director of Science in Society, a research center for science education and public outreach; and co-founder of Science Club, a mentor-based afterschool science initiative, developed in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago and teachers in Chicago Public Schools. The Council also appointed Jose Rivas, teacher at Lennox Math, Science and Technology Academy since 2005 for his expertise in engineering education. Rivas previously taught physics, AP physics, and geology at Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles.  For more information on the Teacher Advisory Council click here.