Equity Assistance Center Region VIII
Welcome to the Western Equity Assistance Center (Region IV) at Metropolitan State University of Denver. We are pleased to serve the education communities in Colorado, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota. Our Center assists states, school districts, public schools, including charter and magnet schools, and Tribal Education Agencies, to plan and implement practices and policies that promote equity and high quality education for all students.
We are one of four regional Equity Assistance Centers funded by the United States Department of Education under the Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. All centers provide training and technical assistance on educational issues related to race, gender and national origin. In addition, our Center will also have an emphasis on the prevention of bullying and harassment as well as furthering STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in schools.
At the request of education agencies, we partner with them to find solutions to a variety of equity problems. Our work is directed to closing achievement gaps, promoting safe schools, and helping all students reach high standards. Our services are without charge to requesting education agencies within Region VIII.
Our highly qualified staff is ready to assist you. Please contact us if you have any requests or questions about our services. We look forward to serving you.
Let us customize a program to your needs. Requests may originate from teachers, principals, parents, community leaders,and state and district administrators.
Our services are provided at No or Low Cost sharing.
Every Student Succeeds Act
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, and represents good news for our nation’s schools. This bipartisan measure reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s national education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students.
The new law builds on key areas of progress in recent years, made possible by the efforts of educators, communities, parents, and students across the country.
ESSA includes provisions that will help to ensure success for students and schools. Below are just a few. The law:
- Advances equity by upholding critical protections for America's disadvantaged and high-need students.
- Requires—for the first time—that all students in America be taught to high academic standards that will prepare them to succeed in college and careers.
- Ensures that vital information is provided to educators, families, students, and communities through annual statewide assessments that measure students' progress toward those high standards.
- Helps to support and grow local innovations—including evidence-based and place-based interventions developed by local leaders and educators—consistent with our Investing in Innovation and Promise Neighborhoods
- Sustains and expands this administration's historic investments in increasing access to high-quality preschool.
- Maintains an expectation that there will be accountability and action to effect positive change in our lowest-performing schools, where groups of students are not making progress, and where graduation rates are low over extended periods of time.