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ERIC Number: ED574821
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul-7
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Making Students Visible: Comparing Different Student Subgroup Sizes for Accountability. Update. Policy Memo 16-2B
Hough, Heather; Witte, Joe
Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE
In May 2016, the authors released a policy memo comparing the effect of reporting subgroups at an n-size of 20+ compared to 100+. In response to this original memo, the U.S. Department of Education released a rule notice proposing changes to ESSA regulation §200.17 allowing states "to establish a range of n-sizes, not to exceed 30." To support state-level policymaking under these new requirements, this update to the original policy memo will illustrate the trade-offs between subgroup sizes of 20+ and 30+. In this supplementary analysis, the authors show that: (1) The effect of moving from a subgroup size of 30+ to 20+ is not as stark as the effect of moving from a subgroup size of 100+ to 20+; (2) A substantially higher percentage of student data is reported at smaller subgroup sizes; (3) At a subgroup size of 20+, approximately 38 percent more schools report results for "all student subgroups" than at a subgroup size of 30+; and (4) The lowest performing racial/ethnic subgroup in the school is often excluded from schools reporting at the higher subgroup size. [This memo represents work underway as part of the CORE-PACE Research Partnership. For the original memo, see ED574823.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE); CORE Districts
Identifiers - Location: California