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Resource Title Advancing Equity through ESSA

This document, developed by the CCSSO, offers a framework to help states use ESSA to close opportunity and achievement gaps. Although the intended audience is state leaders, school districts may find helpful advice for ESSA planning and implementation at the local level.
This document identifies eight equity priorities:

  1. closing funding gaps,
  2. improving low-performing schools,
  3. increasing access to effective teachers and leaders,
  4. supporting English learners,
  5. increasing access to advanced coursework,
  6. addressing disproportionate discipline practices,
  7. addressing students’ social-emotional learning needs, and
  8. improving access to high-quality instructional materials

For each equity priority, multiple provisions in ESSA are described showing leaders how they can address opportunity gaps and improve achievement.

The framework also identifies high-impact actions for state leaders and guiding questions to support conversations on how to make each strategy an effective lever for equity. Wherever possible, state leaders should use ESSA to strengthen and complement existing state or local equity initiatives – and to proactively address conflicts or mixed messages across programs. By assembling teams with diverse perspectives and responsibilities, state leaders can de-silo the planning and implementation processes and forge more coherence across strategies intended to advance equity.

Resource Area(s)
Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
Fiscal Operations
Human Resources
Data Systems and Achievement Monitoring
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