Ensuring Equity in ESSA: The Role of N-Size in Subgroup Accountability

Organization: Alliance for Excellent Education
Published: June 1, 2016

This report recommends that states set their n-size as low as possible (ten or fewer students) to maximize the number of student subgroups created. This will ensure that states identify student subgroups with low academic performance and/or low high school graduation rates and provide targeted interventions to support the schools those students attend. Specifically, states should not require a subgroup to include more than ten students in order to include that subgroup for reporting and accountability purposes.