At the May 20 School Board meeting, Dr. Muhammad Khalifa, CEO of Adjusted School Equity Solutions and professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Minnesota, outlined the work involved in the equity audit he’ll be conducting for the district over the summer. This is a research-based, systematic way of researching our equity-related issues. It will identify and highlight the cause of achievement gaps, discipline gaps, and other areas where our district needs to improve.

This audit will also help our district understand how to improve instruction, curriculum, and school climate for all students in our district, especially those that are traditionally underserved. We should be able to better understand the factors that contribute to student achievement at Eastern Carver County Schools and to identify any areas that may contribute to differences in achievement based upon race, socioeconomic status, gender etc.

While the audit will analyze a number of things, including district policies and practices, it also relies on the experiences of our students, staff, and parents to inform that work.  Dr. Khalifa’s team sent out surveys to district staff, parents, and students in grades 5-12. Participation is voluntary, and completion of the survey should take between 20-30 minutes.

Eastern Carver County Schools is committed to being a district where every student feels safe, welcome, and has the tools and resources they need to be successful learners. In a district where every student has that experience, the experience of all students is improved.

Learn more about Equity in our Schools HERE.