Title

Equity Audits: A Practical Leadership Tool for Developing Equitable and Excellent Schools.

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Educational Administration Quarterly

ISSN

0013-161X

Volume

40

Issue

1

DOI

10.1177/0013161X03259148

First Page

133

Last Page

161

Publication Date

February 2004

Abstract

Persistent achievement gaps by race and class in U.S. public schools are educationally and ethically deplorable and, thus, need to be eliminated. Based on their research on schools and districts that haven arrowed these gaps, the authors have developed a simplified reconceptualization of equity auditing, a concept with a respected history in civil rights, in curriculum auditing, and in some state accountability systems. This reconceptualized equity auditing is a leadership tool that can be used to uncover, understand, and change inequities that are internal to schools and districts in three areas—teacher quality, educational programs, and student achievement.