As state leaders work to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), it's critical that there be strong voices advocating for equity and achievement in every key decision.

School accountability systems can be a powerful tool for improving opportunity and achievement for all students. But when it comes to accountability, details matter. While a well-designed accountability system can shine a light on educational disparities, a badly designed one can actually hide achievement and opportunity gaps, and enable schools and districts to sweep underperformance — for all students or for individual student groups — under the rug.

 That’s why the voices of advocates fighting for equity and opportunity for all students are so critical in this conversation.

 Students Can’t Wait equips advocates with the resources and analysis to help them push for strong, equity-focused accountability and improvement systems in their states.