The Latest on the Anti-Racist System Audit and Equity Tool
In case you missed it, the latest information on the anti-racist system audit and equity audit tool was emailed to staff on Monday, April 19. It is reprinted below:
We are writing to provide an update on the Antiracist System Audit and information on the equity audit tool that school and central office leadership teams will complete by June.
In November 2020, the Board of Education approved the Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium (MAEC) as the consultant to conduct the audit. MCPS and MAEC have been working together to design the audit. This collaboration includes monthly meetings with the Antiracist Audit Steering Committee, which is composed of staff, parents, students and community members. In addition, we have engaged an Antiracist Expert Advisory Group, which includes local and national experts to serve as a “think tank” and provide feedback. The first step of the audit was a document review, which allowed the consultants to study the progress that MCPS has made in its equity work and begin to identify areas of needed growth. More information about the document review process, key findings and next steps will be shared at the April 20 Board of Education meeting.
The equity audit tool will launch in May and will be available until Friday, June 4. School leadership teams composed of staff from all three employee associations will participate in completing the tool. Additionally, both the Senior Leadership Team, as well as leaders from each central office will complete the tool. The tool is designed to collect perceptual data on the implementation of policies, programs and practices in schools and central offices that impact students or staff relative to their race, ethnicity and other important factors. The goal for this tool is to help district leadership reflect on whether current policies, practices and procedures are equitable.
This tool is just one step in collecting perceptions about the impact of our practices and policies. All MCPS staff members will have opportunities to provide input and engage in the Antiracist System Audit. Additional data will be collected from a variety of stakeholders through surveys, focus groups, town halls and interviews. All of the data will be combined to create a comprehensive view of our system. This will allow the district to determine next steps in ensuring All Means All and guide our ongoing work with the Equity and Achievement Framework.
The latest information on the Antiracist System Audit is available here. Thank you for your commitment to creating a school system free of racism and bias.
Please contact Troy Boddy, director, Equity Initiatives Unit if you have any questions about the audit and tool.