Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: February 22, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412957403 | Print ISBN: 9781412956642 | Online ISBN: 9781412957403| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Barbara De Luca
Adequacy refers to the provision of strategies and programs, and their subsequent funding, to educate students to high standards. Adequacy is not a comparative measure or a relative concept; that is, it does not depend on what one school does, compared with another. The achievement of adequacy is not dependent on the activities or achievement of one school or district compared with another. Adequacy is an outcome measure. To meet adequacy requirements, all students must be taught to the extent that they meet high achievement standards. Concerns about adequacy in education began to surface in the 1980s as the result of lawsuits filed in several states over dissatisfaction with public education. The earliest legal cases, dating back to the early second half of the 20th century (some say in 1954 with Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas ), focused state and national attention on equity in education—that is, ...