School and System Audits

What is an equity audit? 

 

Most American workplaces use audits. Institutions commonly engage in audits of their practices, policies, procedures and practices to determine if they are moving toward their declared mission and vision. 

 

One important institution routinely using the audit process to assist schools and school systems is the U.S. Department of Education. Specifically, the Office of Civil Rights uses the audit process to help schools become more inclusive and diverse (Skrla, McKenzie, and Scheurich, 2009). 

School Application

At the Center for Equity and Leadership, we conduct two forms of audits: School and School System Audits. These audits can take place virtually, onsite or through a blended model. A blended model is preferred. 

 

School Equity Audit: An equity audit conducted by the Center for Equity and Leadership consists of reviewing 10 essential components:

 

  1. Student perception data of the school culture related to equity and belonging

  2. Teacher perspectives of the school culture and previous equity efforts

3a. Review of teacher demographic data

  1. Student disciplinary data

  2. Student local academic data (classroom grades) 

  3. Student standardized academic data

  4. Student participation data in the following: 

6a. Clubs and groups 

6b. Athletics 

6c. Elected leadership groups (e.g., student council) 

6d. Participation in ACT and SAT testing 

  1. Parent participation in volunteer service organizations

7a. Parent representatives on formal standing parent organizations (PTAs or PTOs) 

  1. Longitudinal academic and disciplinary data for the past three years

  2. Special Programming Review (academic achievement, disciplinary data and graduation rates)

9a. Special education 

9b. Gifted and Talented 

  1. Exterior representation of diversity and equity (captured through physical evidence) 

 

Materials needed prior to an equity audit include: 

 

  1. Access to student academic and disciplinary data

  2. Collection and formatting of student and parent participation data

  3. Collection and formatting of special programming data 

  4. Collection and formatting of major assignments from staff from the past 12 months

  5. Documentation of major field trips and school-wide programs from the past 12 months

  6. Documentation of the school’s behavior support/management system (e.g., PBIS plan)

  7. Academic schedule 

  8. The title of academic resources used in English language arts and mathematics

  9. The title of intervention resources and tools

 

Source: (Poston, 1992, p.236) 


 

School System Equity Audit: An equity audit conducted by the Center for Equity and Leadership consists of reviewing 10 essential components of an equitable school system, using district-wide data:

 

  1. Board of Education perception data of the school system related to equity and belonging

  2. District office administrators’ perspectives of the school system culture and previous equity efforts

3a. Review of teacher demographic data

  1. Student disciplinary data

  2. Student local academic data (classroom grades) 

  3. Student standardized academic data

  4. Student participation data in the following: 

6a. Clubs and groups 

6b. Athletics 

6c. Elected leadership groups (e.g., student council) 

6d. Participation in ACT and SAT testing 

  1. Parent participation in volunteer service organizations

7a. Parent representatives on formal standing school system parent organizations 

7b. # of schools with a PTA or PTO

7c. Parent representation on formal standing school system advisory, financially supportive or aux group 

  1. Longitudinal academic and disciplinary data for the past three years

  2. Special Programming Review (academic achievement, disciplinary data and graduation rates)

9a. Special education 

9b. Gifted and Talented 

  1. Review of all district policy related to social justice and equity and the strategic plan 

 

Materials needed prior to an equity audit include the following (all data must be in a district-wide format): 

 

  1. Access to student academic and disciplinary data

  2. Collection and formatting of student and parent participation data

  3. Collection and formatting of special programming data 

  4. Collection and formatting of major assignments from staff from the past 12 months

  5. Documentation of major field trips and school-wide programs from the past 12 months

  6. Documentation of the school’s behavior support/management system (e.g., PBIS plan)

  7. The title of academic resources used in English language arts and mathematics

  8. The title of intervention resources and tools

  9. All policies related to equity and closing the achievement gap strategies

  10. A copy of the strategic plan