Montgomery County Public Schools is engaging in a comprehensive Antiracist Audit because racial disparities can be seen in almost every area of MCPS from reading levels, participation in higher level classes, graduation rates, suspension and discipline rates, and staff. While there have been many reports and initiatives to understand and address racial gaps in Montgomery County Public Schools, the Antiracist Audit is the first time that MCPS is implementing a comprehensive analysis across all policies, practices, and systems.
The MCPS Board of Education approved the hiring of Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium, Inc (MAEC) to conduct the year-long Antiracist Audit. Once the audit is complete in May 2022, the Board of Education, district leadership, and individual schools will work with partners to develop and implement a comprehensive action plan to address the six areas of the audit.
This site provides an overview of the process as well as updates on the different phases of the audit.
View the Six Areas of the Antiracist Audit
As of May 27, 2021. Please continue looking back at this calendar as dates may change.
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Why is MCPS conducting an Antiracist Audit?
Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is engaging in a comprehensive Antiracist Audit because racial disparities can be seen in almost every area of MCPS from reading levels, participation in higher level classes, graduation rates, suspension and discipline rates, and staffing. While there have been many reports and initiatives to understand and address racial gaps in MCPS, the Antiracist Audit is the first time that MCPS is implementing a comprehensive analysis across all policies, practices, and systems. The Antiracist Audit is an opportunity to get baseline information about where we are as a school system.
What is the Antiracist Audit expected to accomplish?
Once the audit is complete in May 2022, the Board of Education, district leadership, and individual schools will work with partners to develop and implement a comprehensive action plan to address the six areas of the audit.
Who is responsible for gathering and interpreting the data?
The Board of Education approved the hiring of Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium, Inc (MAEC) to conduct the audit. MAEC is a Bethesda-based organization with over 25 years of providing states, districts, and schools high-quality assistance and training to ensure the educational needs of racially, ethnically, economically, culturally, and linguistically diverse children and their families are met. MAEC has vast experience in conducting equity audits for school districts, state education agencies, and other youth-serving organizations.
When will the data be available for the public to see?
May, 2022. Please see the full calendar.
How are students, staff, families, and community members involved in the audit?
An Antiracist Audit Steering Committee was formed to provide input throughout the design and implementation of the audit. The steering committee is made up of students, families, staff, and community partners and co-facilitated by the MCPS Equity Initiatives Unit and MAEC.
Additionally, an Expert Committee was organized to provide guidance from educators and researchers in the field of equity and education. Click here for a list of the Expert Committee members.
How is MCPS getting input from students, staff, and families?
All middle and high school students will participate in an Antiracism Audit survey. All staff will also participate in a survey.
Focus groups will be organized with students, families, and community members to deepen the learning that comes from the surveys.
Finally, MAEC will lead community town hall meetings open to all.
Click here for the calendar.
What does the term Antiracist mean
The term antiracist has been used since the 1970s when Angela Y. Davis said, “In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.” The term became more widely used after the publication of How to Be an Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi in 2019. Kendi explains the concept here.
There are many definitions of racism and antiracism. Below are the definitions used by MCPS:
What is the definition of racism?
Racism means the systemic oppression of a racial group to the social, economic, and political advantage of another. Racism plays out on multiple levels: internalized, interpersonal, institutional, and systemic.
What is antiracism?
Antiracism is actively working to ensure racial justice by identifying, interrupting, and dismantling racist practices, policies, and attitudes that disproportionately harm communities of color.
Being Antiracist Means We:
What is the role of the Antiracism Audit Steering Committee?
The purpose of the Antiracist Audit Steering Committee is to have an inclusive group of stakeholders work together to provide input throughout the development, implementation, and analysis of the antiracist audit. The Steering Committee met five times between January and May 2021 and will continue to provide input throughout the process.
Below is a list of organizations represented on the committee:
What is the role of the Antiracism Audit Expert Committee?
The Expert committee is a diverse team of education and equity experts that provide advice and feedback from a research-based lens on development of action plans resulting from the audit.
Click here to see the members of the Expert Committee.
This area will be updated throughout the process.
You can see presentations about the Antiracism Audit at recent Board of Education Meetings.
View the April 20, 2021 presentation to the Montgomery County Board of Education by the Mid Atlantic Equity Consortium (MAEC) with an update on the Antiracist Audit project in Montgomery County Public Schools.
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