To ensure that all children receive a high-quality education, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015, requires State Education Agencies (SEAs) and Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to report on equity gaps and work to close them.
The law states that:
“Each State plan shall describe how low-income and minority children enrolled in schools assisted under this part are not served at disproportionate rates by ineffective, out-of-field, or inexperienced teachers and the measures the State educational agency will use to evaluate and publicly report the progress of the State educational agency with respect to such description...” ESSA §1111(g).
Each local educational agency plan shall describe:
“How the local educational agency will identify and address, as required under State plans as described in section 1111(g)(1)(B), any disparities that result in low-income students and minority students being taught at higher rates than other students by ineffective, inexperienced, or out-of-field teachers” ESSA § 1112(b)2).
Pursuant to this requirement, LEAs must annually submit information related to numbers of ineffective, inexperienced, or out-of-field teachers employed by the LEA. This reporting requirement replaces previous staffing reporting requirements on Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) status and represents significant added flexibility and autonomy for LEAs.
To reduce administrative burden, OSSE has designed a streamlined data collection process. LEAs who participate in the DC Staffing Data Collaborative will fulfill all of their requirements through their participation in that initiative. For LEAs not participating in the DC Staffing Data Collaborative, reporting will be completed via the phase II annual ESEA Consolidated Grant Application.
Based on reported data, OSSE will use the methodology presented in this guidance to identify equity gaps and inform LEAs of any existing gaps by February 2018.
LEAs with schools that have gaps identified must submit a plan to close gaps in the following year’s ESEA Consolidated Grant Application. OSSE will offer technical assistance to support improvement in those LEAs.
Related Content: ESSA Guidance for LEAs