Envision Equity Summit looks to combat inequity in JCPS

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by WHAS11 editors

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 25, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 7:16 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Jefferson County Schools released new research on Monday to try and hone in on priority areas throughout the community. In the district’s first ever Envision Equity Summit dozens of educators, parents, business leaders, and other community members reviewed the data in hopes of coming up with ways to tackle problem areas such as the number of students who are not literate or prepared for college. The research took a look at the demographics in Jefferson County, which showed correlations between student achievement and school culture while highlighting the existing barriers within schools.

The targeted gaps on the scorecard include: literacy, college and career readiness, and discipline in schools.

Several educators talked about the correlation between the high number of students who get suspended and how they cannot fully read.

JCPS officials said a part of this research will be to look out different ways to discipline.  JCPS administrators said on Monday that this data was not about pointing the finger but about lending hands to help fix the problems at hand.

Those who were at the Envision Equity Summit worked in groups to provide concrete way to help improve these challenges in the school system. That information will be used in the coming months to help meet schools achievement plans and hold community members accountable.

Click here to see the complete results of the study.
 

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