Shining a Light on Equity: Opportunities to Use Data to Serve All Students

Empowering Families and Communities, Federal Policy
Shining a Light on Equity: Opportunities to Use Data to Serve All Students

Data is a powerful tool to highlight inequities in education and help identify solutions. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires that states include information aligned with the Civil Rights Data Collection on their annual report cards, including measures of school climate, quality, safety, and student enrollment in programs like prekindergarten and Advanced Placement. Because minority, low-income, English language learner, and other student populations are often underserved, this information is critical to understanding and ameliorating inequities in access to high-quality schools, teachers, and coursework. This resource shows how states can use equity data to improve transparency and take action on behalf of all students.