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Solving Disproportionality and Achieving Equity

Solving Disproportionality and Achieving Equity
Edward Fergus
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According to federal data, black students are more than three times as likely as their white peers to be suspended or expelled. As a school leader, what do you do when your heart is in the right place, but your data show otherwise? In Solving Disproportionality and Achieving Equity, Edward Fergus explores the biases that create barriers to the success of students of color. For school leaders faced with a disproportionate rate of suspensions, gifted program enrollment, or special education referrals for students of color, this book shows how to uncover the root causes and rally staff to face the challenge head on. Content is informed by data (teacher surveys, disproportionality outcome data, satisfaction surveys, and state level data files) collected by the author for more than a decade as principal investigator and director of the statewide Technical Assistance Center on Disproportionality (TACD) in New York and principal writer of the state disproportionality plans for California Department of Education and Texas Education Agency. Contains a number of checklists and data collection forms to support effective school- and district-wide implementation.

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