The themes that emerged from the planning process helped form a new approach to the measures that will assess the efficacy of The Plan. These measures assess goal fulfillment with an equity lens and:
- The proposed measures use equity to assess goal fulfillment: equitable enrollment, attainment, borrowing, degrees and wages.
- The revised measures support the vision of “Best State for Education” and the main goal of 70 percent educational attainment. The measures also reinforce the realization that the work must focus on equity to close gaps and meet the goals of The Plan.
- The measures will be tracked by SCHEV’s equity dashboard, which is under development. The data can be categorized by race, ethnicity and income (in some cases). More work is needed to assess English language learners, students with disabilities and other underrepresented groups. Specific references to these groups in the goal statements serve as a reminder of their importance to this ambitious endeavor.
In light of the pandemic and social justice issues, The Plan should be deliberate and boldly aspirational. The targets reflect this aspiration by seeking to close gaps instead of meeting incremental increases.