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High school equity audit

******* High SchoolEquity Audit

Systemic equity

Systemic Equity

Teacher Quality Equity + Programmatic Equity = Achievement Equity

Equitable teacher quality as defined by proportional numbers of teachers with advanced degrees, low teacher mobility, and documented best practices used in the classroom plus equitable programming that has proportional percentages represented by the student population in areas of special education, gifted and talented education, with discipline referrals representative of the student population should theoretically yield achievement equity that is defined by success in standardized testing, graduation rates, and annual yearly progress.

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Systemic Equity

Unfortunately, many of us, teachers and administrators, have little real knowledge about our students, their home lives, their families, and their communities, and this space of ignorance is subsequently often occupied by prejudices and biases that are negative for the students and, thus, become a trap for equity (McKenzie & Scheurich, 2004, p. 612).

Equity audit team members

Equity Audit Team Members

XXXXXX-Aspiring School Leader

XXXXXX – Community Principal

XXXXXX – Campus Principal

XXXXXXXXXX– English Teacher


XXXXXXXXX– Science Teacher

XXXXXXXXX– English Teacher

XXXXXXXX– Science Teacher

XXXXXXXXXX– SpanishTeacher

Main components of an equity audit

Main Components of an Equity Audit

Teacher Quality Equity

Programmatic Equity

Achievement Equity

Teacher quality equity

Teacher Quality Equity

  • Defined by NCLB (Skrla et al., 2009, p 31)

    • Certified / licensed

    • College degree

    • Demonstrated content knowledge

  • We used

    • Certification

    • Bachelors / Masters Degrees

    • Years experience

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Teacher Quality Equity

  • Data

    • District Report

    • ODE website

    • Ask

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Teacher Quality Equity

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Teacher Quality Equity

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Teacher Quality Equity

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Teacher Quality Equity

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Teacher Quality Equity

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Teacher Quality Equity

Programmatic equity

Programmatic Equity

  • “the quality of educational programs into which students are placed or from which they are excluded” (Skrla et al., 2009, p 41)

    • No data available to compare advanced, standard, and special ed classes based on:

      • Gender

      • Race

      • Economic background

    • Discipline not tracked for these factors

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Programmatic Equity

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Programmatic Equity

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Programmatic Equity

Achievement equity

Achievement Equity

  • Student achievement

    • “equitable achievement on low level state test is not true achievement equity when large gaps remain on other , higher-level measures of student performance” (Skrla et al., 2009, p 49)

    • State tests

    • Drop out rates

    • Graduation tracks

    • SAT / ACT / AP / IB results

  • We looked at

    • State test scores

      • OGT /Proficiency scores

    • Graduation rates

    • ACT scores

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Achievement Equity

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Achievement Equity

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Achievement Equity

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Achievement Equity

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Achievement Equity

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Achievement Equity

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  • In discussing equity with the principal I realized that he sees equity as an important part of education, but knows that true intentions will always shine through.

  • We must work to dispel negative beliefs about children and start looking at the whole child.

  • Empower teachers who are making a positive difference and learn from their success.

  • It is important for Administrators to model and teach best practices and hold teachers accountable to those actions.

  • In our school it is apparent that we need to define what academic success is and how we are going to measure it.



  • In discussing equity with the other team members I realized that these teachers are the ones that need to be empowered to lead other staff members as they understand the needs of our students and how to instruct in a way that is meaningful to them

  • When looking at the question of how many teachers are conscious of equity in our building, this team decided concluded the number of teachers aware of inequities is 20 percent.

  • This alludes to the fact that we have a problem with the adults in our school and that may be the reason why our children are not performing at high levels.

Drawing conclusions from data

Drawing Conclusions from Data

The data clearly indicate our students are performing far below the state on the ACT. We administer the test to all of our students and therefore we are performing far below the standard for college readiness.

Drawing conclusions from data1

Drawing Conclusions from Data

The data suggest a significant difference in the race/ethnicity of students and teachers, which may call for the teachers to understand a more culturally relevant pedagogy.

Proposed solutions

Proposed Solutions

As administrators we must be able to understand how to assess and gather data on student learning then disaggregate the data for better understanding, then create an action plan (Sanders, 2008).

An action plan to address the areas proposed in the audit should include ways to increase culturally relevant pedagogy and critical thinking skills.

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Proposed Solutions

Educators often have a deficit view of the students and blame the families and the community for failing the child before they even come to school (see McKenzie & Scheurich, 2004).

These scholars offer viable solutions to eliminating the deficit view including neighborhood walks, gathering oral histories, and three way conferencing. All of which are viable options for including the community in the education of the children.

Final reflection

Final Reflection

In conclusion, we must understand the students we serve is our number one priority and whatever means it takes to provide them with a high quality education, we must be willing to do so.

We know we must do a better job of teaching educators to value our children and all that they bring to the table, how to challenge our students, and how to incorporate a culturally relevant pedagogy in an effort to keep them engaged and interested in their education.



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