Policy Brief

Making Students Visible

Comparing Different Student Subgroup Sizes for Accountability
Authors
Heather J. Hough
Policy Analysis for California Education
Joe Witte
Policy Analysis for California Education, Stanford University
Published
Summary

With the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015, California state policymakers are tasked with determining the subgroup threshold for school-level reporting. To inform this decision, this policy brief explores the implications of utilizing various subgroup sizes using data from the CORE Districts. The authors find that the 20+ subgroup size presents clear advantages in terms of the number of students represented, particularly in making historically underserved student populations visible.

UPDATE: In response to new ESSA regulations, the authors produced a supplemental report comparing subgroup sizes of 20+ to 30+.