conduct or sponsor the conduct of basic tabulations of the data;
include findings from analyses of the data in OCR’s regular reports to Congress; and
publicize the basic findings from the survey in widely disseminated government publications.
If the E&S survey were to be recreated today, with a core objective of providing information on equality of access to the kinds of learning opportunities and resources that would be useful in shaping education policy and practices and for informing efforts to protect students’ civil rights, the issues addressed by the current survey would be an essential part of the framework. However, much more information also would be needed.
Knowledge of how the learning environment, peers, learning resources, teacher preparation, and curriculum affect student learning is constantly evolving, as is knowledge of how to measure variables associated with each of these categories of learning opportunities and resources. To admit that there is still much that is unknown about how to measure learning opportunities and resources should be a spur for more work. The committee urges the Department of Education not only to continue collecting the kind of information that currently is on the E&S survey, but also to constantly reassess its quality and utility. Finally, we urge the department to recommit itself to using this information not only to protect students’ legally defined civil rights, but also to ensure that all students who are being held accountable for achieving high standards have equal access to the opportunities and resources needed to do so.