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From the ECS State Policy Database: Equity - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

From the ECS State Policy Database: Instructional Approaches--Single-Sex Education - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

2015 Oregon Educator Equity Report - Oregon has addressed the gap between percentages of diverse students and diverse teachers with some success. As of July 2015, the state was six individuals short of being on track to meet the 2015 goal of increasing the percentage of diverse teachers by 10 percent as compared to July 2012, and it met the goal of increasing the percentage of diverse administrators. However, the 2012-13 data show enrollment of diverse candidates in teacher preparation programs decreased. Next steps and recommendations follow. (State of Oregon, Oregon Education Investment Board, July 2015)...

Cheating Our Future: How Decades of Disinvestment by States Jeopardizes Equal Educational Opportunity - Colorado, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and South Carolina provide compelling evidence of unfair school funding, even for students within the same state. Students in rural and urban areas vividly lack the same access as their peers in better-funded school systems to the same academic courses, before- and after-school programs, extracurricular activities, well-qualified teachers and principals and transportation. (The Leadership Conference Education Fund and the Education Law Center at Rutgers, July 2015)...

Teacher and Leader Equitable Access Plan - In a July 2014 letter to state education agencies, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan asked for a plan to address improving equitable access to excellent teachers and leaders. Vermont responded with a four-part plan: develop and begin implementing a strategy for engaging stakeholders, review data provided by the U.S. Department and its local data systems to identify equity gaps, conduct root-cause analyses, and set measurable targets. (Vermont Education Agency, June 2015)...

State Plans to Ensure Equitable Access to Excellent Educators: Guidance and Examples for States - In fall 2014, a small group of states and districts developed early draft plans to ensure equitable access to excellent educators. This document uses draft equity plans from Missouri, New York and Tennessee to demonstrate several approaches to the development of state equity plans. It recommends consultation and input, identification of equity gaps, root-cause analyses, strategies and measuring and reporting progress. (Reform Support Network, February 2015) ...

Access Denied: 2009 API Rankings Reveal Unequal Access to California's Best Schools - California's 2009 Bae Annual Performance Index (API) data and statewide rankings reveal that race and class continue to play a substantial role in shaping educational opportunity, and that systemic inequity is pervasive in California's schools. State leaders must take action to close these gaps and ensure all students have access to a high-quality education. (Education Trust-West, June 2010)...

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