WHY SCHOOL EFFECTIVENESS?
Equity of Outcomes for All Learners
Fountain-Fort Carson School District must reach every child to bring about success for all regardless of personal circumstances. In a truly equitable system, factors such as race, gender, and socio-economic status do not limit students from achieving ambitious outcomes or truncate their life chances. In fact, barriers are removed as school assume responsibility for creating the conditions to ensure success. The basic premise of equity is fairness and the belief in the moral imperative of schools to educate all children successfully. An equitable system, therefore, empowers all students to achieve. In such settings, variations in learning are not attributed to background variables.
School Effectiveness Framework (pdf)
An equitable system:
- believes that all children can learn and achieve given the proper supports;
- assumes that ability exists in all groups, across demographic lines and that within any group, many students will excel;
- stresses high expectations for achievement and holds students to rigorous performance standards;
- rejects negative stereotypes about students’ potential and ability;
- provides challenging and relevant curriculum for all students;
- disaggregates data in order to determine individual needs;
- meets individual needs through customization or personalization of the curriculum;
- differentiates instruction;
- accommodates diverse learning styles;
- ensures access and inclusion;
- connects students to real life experiences;
- capitalizes on diversity and creates a positive classroom environment based on respect and empathy; and
- involves parents in meaningful ways in their children’s education.
Teacher/student relationships matter in an equitable environment.
When teachers connect with students from diverse backgrounds and students feel valued and appreciated, student engagement and motivation to learn increase. Equity of outcomes requires that educators utilize all the strategies within their repertoire to close achievement gaps between high-performing groups of students and those who are not achieving their potential. Excellence and equity are two sides of the same coin. Whether or not students learn and achieve success in school is a true measure of equity of outcomes.