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Perform a School Equity Audit

D

o you want to perform an equity audit of your school
but don't know how to get started? NAESP is proud
to share the release of an updated version of the
Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium (MAEC) Equity Audit. The
audit tool was revised in 2021 based on research and feedback from practitioners, including members of NAESP's Task
Force on Race and Equity. It also reflects the new realities
faced by schools due to COVID-19.
MAEC's Equity Audit consists of three component tools
designed as questionnaires for school leaders, educators, and staff to assess whether or not their schools and
classrooms are equitable across various criteria. The three
questionnaires are:
* Criteria for an Equitable School;
* Criteria for an Equitable Classroom; and
* Teacher Behaviors That Encourage Student Persistence.
The audit is intended to help school staff develop a more
concrete understanding of what it means to practice equity,
and reflect on whether current school policies, procedures,
and practices at each level are equitable.
Download the tool at maec.org/equity-audit.

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Equity Audit

MAEC

What is an equ

ity audit?

An equity audit
is a study of the
fairness of an institu
represent a signifi
tion's policies, progr
cant investment
ams, and practi
in resources, both
potential challenges
ces. Such audits
human and mater
and develop a plan
ial. Thus, it is worth
smoothly as possib
for addressing them.
while to anticipate
le, and the result
The goal is that
s will help inform
the process will
facilitate equity
move as
the next steps. The
audits in educational
tool presented here
settings. This tool
practices that direct
is designed to
helps to critically
ly or indirectly impac
examine policie
origin (English Learn
t students or staff
s, programs, and
relative to their
ers), language, disabi
race, ethnicity, gende
socioculturally signifi
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orientation, sexua
cant factors. A regula
l identity, religio
its specific purpo
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audit may have
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What is MAEC'

s Equity Audit

Tool?

MAEC, Inc. develo
ped the three Equity
Audit tools found
teachers a way
to begin conducting
in this document
to offer districts,
an equity audit.
1. Help educators
schools, and
These tools were
develop a more
designed to:
concrete understand
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ing of what it mean
er current schoo
s to practice equity
l policies, proce
dures and practi
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ces are equitable.
This tool can be
used for individ
ual or small group
or it can be used
reflection,
as part of a largescale process for
advancing equity
.
MAEC's Equity Audit
consists of three
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questionnaires
for school leade
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to determine if
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might exist. The
extensive exper
MAEC team develo
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of educational equity
ped the questionna
ires relying on
and a review of
relevant literature.

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