******* High School Equity Audit. Systemic Equity. Teacher Quality Equity + Programmatic Equity = Achievement 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.
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).
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Teacher Quality Equity
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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