From Financial Transparency to Equity: Part 1

Using ESSA to Advance Equity and Excellence

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) mandates that school districts publicly report their per-pupil expenditures at both the district and individual school levels. States have an opportunity to demonstrate leadership and a commitment to equity and excellence by not just complying with the requirement, but by designing and implementing a methodology that will allow districts to use data to make strategic and smart decisions for the equitable distribution of resources.

This brief summarizes the insights from a working group of education chiefs convened by Chiefs for Change (CFC) and Education Resource Strategies (ERS). The group sought to answer: How might we allocate resources to achieve the best outcomes for kids?