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Opportunity Dashboard Indicators in ESSA

ESSA requires state accountability systems to include at least one “Opportunity Dashboard” indicator of school quality or student success.
Published: July 2020

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) lists several indicators that state accountability systems must include: math and reading assessment, English language proficiency, and more. But the law also says that the accountability systems must include at least one “Opportunity Dashboard” indicator of school quality or student success – and you can influence which one. 

Below we provide background on the law, example indicators, and suggested next steps to help educators and allies ensure opportunity for all students.

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