State chiefs across the country are pursuing bold work to ensure equitable education opportunities for each and every child in their state. It’s been two years since the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and The Aspen Institute Education and Society Program developed and released Leading for Equity: Opportunities for State Education Chiefs, ten actions state education leaders can take to make sure that each student across race, gender, ethnicity, language, disability, sexual orientation, family background, and family income have access to the right educational resources at the right moment in their education. In that time, states have made progress against each of the actions highlighted in the report and this publication, States Leading: Promising Practices Advancing the Equity Commitments 2019, provides brief snapshots of practices and policies states are currently engaging in to provide a more equitable education for all students.
This compilation is just a sampling of the broad array of work going on and the examples outlined in this update are not intended to advocate for one approach over another. Our state chiefs know that the journey towards equity in education is just beginning and this document marks yet another celebration of positive starts along that path.