ESSA │ Equity in Education
Educational equity is achieved when all students receive the resources, opportunities, skills, and knowledge they need to succeed in our democratic society. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the 2015 bipartisan reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, gives policymakers and educators the ability to leverage resources with the backing of the law to close opportunity gaps and improve learning outcomes for all students. Pinpointing the root cause of inequity is a complex matter and AIR has the knowledge and experience to help.
For low-income and minority students, education is the key to success and upward mobility. But evidence has shown in past decades that education has not been acting as the Great Equalizer. AIR's work covers a broad range of equity issues in education, through initiatives including the Equity Project, the Breakthroughs in Education and Social Mobility Research Speaker Series, and the Center for Education Equity (CEE) at the Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium (MAEC), one of four regional equity assistance centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education. CEE promotes equal educational opportunities and addresses problems in public schools caused by segregation and inequities.
By taking a continuous improvement approach, Creating Safe, Equitable, Engaging Schools integrates the collective wisdom of over 30 AIR experts working in the field, as well as research and field leaders to help educators and leaders identify evidenced-based actionable strategies and practices to ensure that all students can access equitable learning environments.