NCLR: ESSA Draft Accountability Regulations Are Critical First Step to Ensuring Equity in Education System

May 26, 2016

Camila Gallardo


WASHINGTON, D.C.—NCLR (National Council of La Raza) welcomed the draft regulations released today by the U.S. Department of Education related to accountability under the nation’s new education law. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), passed last December by an overwhelming bipartisan majority, represented a critical update to our nation’s education system as we seek to better prepare a diverse student population for success in school and career. Under ESSA, states are given additional discretion in creating their accountability plans but there is still a need to have a strong federal role to step in when schools are failing to meet the needs of low-income and minority students.

“Latino students account for 25 percent of our nation’s public school students and their success is intrinsically tied to our nation’s future economic success. These new regulations are a step in the right direction to ensure that the state accountability systems are serving the interests of all of our nation’s schoolchildren,” said Janet Murguía, NCLR President and CEO.

Despite gains in education outcomes, barriers continue to exist for Latino students. A recent analysis by The Education Trust found that districts that serve students of color receive nearly $2,000 less in state and local funds per student than those in the less diverse districts. NCLR, its partners in the civil rights and business communities, and its network of nearly 300 Affiliate groups will continue working with local school districts and parents to engage stakeholders across the country in informing and preparing for the implementation of states’ individual accountability systems under ESSA.

NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.