NCTQ Identifies Educator Equity Strengths & Opportunities in ESSA Plans
November 16, 2017

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) has expressed concerns with the 34 most recently submitted state ESSA plans, saying the majority of plans don’t meet ESSA’s educator equity requirements.

NCTQ’s second round of ESSA reviews looked deeply at state plans in four categories: definitions, dates, timelines and interim targets, and strategies. According to the review, more than half of plans don’t include public reporting on the rates at which historically underserved students are taught by ineffective teachers as compared to their peers. And only seven states included information on when they anticipated eliminating identified educator equity gaps.   

Each state review is available on the NCTQ website and is broken down by strengths and opportunities.

“These analyses highlight strengths and opportunities, ultimately demonstrating that most states are not planning to do enough to prevent low-income students and students of color from being disproportionately taught by ineffective, out-of-field, or inexperienced teachers.”

Read more from NCTQ in the complete press release.

NCTQ also created a best practices guide, highlighting exemplary work to meet ESSA educator equity requirements among states that submitted plans this fall.

Check this complete list of reviews to find out how your state’s plan fared. Interested in connecting with the NCTQ team? Reach out for an introduction.


Ashley Schmidt

Ashley is PIE Network's Digital Strategy Director


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