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New Report: Monitoring Educational Equity


The Research Alliance’s Executive Director James Kemple served on the Committee on Developing Indicators of Educational Equity, convened by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Today, the Committee released its final report, which proposes a new framework for measuring and monitoring equity in the nation’s K-12 education system. The framework includes indicators that measure disparities in both students’ academic outcomes and their access to vital resources and opportunities.

In all, the report proposes 16 indicators across seven different domains:

Disparities in Outcomes

Domain A: Kindergarten Readiness

  • Indicator 1: Disparities in Academic Readiness
  • Indicator 2: Disparities in Self-Regulation and Attention Skills

Domain B: K-12 Learning and Engagement

  • Indicator 3: Disparities in Engagement in Schooling
  • Indicator 4: Disparities in Performance in Coursework
  • Indicator 5: Disparities in Performance on Tests

Domain C: Educational Attainment

  • Indicator 6: Disparities in On-Time Graduation
  • Indicator 7: Disparities in Postsecondary Readiness

Equitable Access to Resources and Opportunities

Domain D: Extent of Racial, Ethnic, and Economic Segregation

  • Indicator 8: Disparities in Students’ Exposure to Racial, Ethnic, and Economic Segregation

Domain E: Equitable Access to High-Quality Early Childhood Education

  • Indicator 9: Disparities in Access to and Participation in High-Quality Pre-K

Domain F: Equitable Access to High-Quality Curricula and Instruction

  • Indicator 10: Disparities in Access to Effective Teaching
  • Indicator 11: Disparities in Access to and Enrollment in Rigorous Coursework
  • Indicator 12: Disparities in Curricular Breadth
  • Indicator 13: Disparities in Access to High-Quality Academic Supports

Domain G: Equitable Access to Supportive School and Classroom Environments

  • Indicator 14: Disparities in School Climate
  • Indicator 15: Disparities in Nonexclusionary Discipline Practices
  • Indicator 16: Disparities in Nonacademic Supports for Student Success

For more information, please see the full report: Monitoring Educational Equity.