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State Plans to Ensure Equitable Access to Excellent Educators: Frequently Asked Questions

The U.S. Department of Education released draft guidance supporting state educational agencies (SEA) in developing their State Plan to Ensure Equitable Access to Excellent Educators, describing the steps it will take to ensure that “poor and minority children are not taught at higher rates than other children by inexperienced, unqualified, or out-of-field teachers,” as required by section 1111(b)(8)(C) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA).

The Obama administration directs states to focus their plans mainly on "inputs"—such as how many years of experience a teacher has—rather than "outputs," or how effective teachers actually are at moving the needle on student achievement. The equity plans are due by June 1.

November 2014