Welcome to the MCPS Antiracist Audit Website

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.

Six Areas of the Audit

The Antracist System Audit will look at six areas.

Six Areas of the Antiracist Audit

View the Six Areas of the Antiracist Audit

Antiracist Audit Data Collections Calendar

As of May 27, 2021. Please continue looking back at this calendar as dates may change.

Antiracist Data Collection Calendar

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

  • Demonstrate an everyday commitment to critical reflection of how our beliefs, practice, and interactions contribute to inequitable outcomes by race.
  • Acknowledge the generational harm and advantages racism has caused in the communities in which we work and live.
  • Understand how the prioritization of dominant culture contributes to racial inequities and the permanence of racism.
  • Identify the racial inequities in our context and collaborate with staff, students, families, and community members to address them and hold each other accountable.
  • Disrupt and eliminate racist policies, practices, and procedures that block access, opportunity, and equitable outcomes for students, staff, and families of color.
  • Proactively develop new practices and policies that create access, opportunity, and equitable educational, social-emotional, and health outcomes for students, staff, and families of color.
 

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:

  • 1977-II
  • African American Student Achievement Action Group
  • Asian Pacific Student Achievement Action Group
  • Black and Brown Coalition
  • Chinese American Parent Association
  • Gifted and Talented Association of Montgomery County
  • Latino Student Achievement Action Group
  • Linkages to Learning
  • Minority Scholars Program
  • Montgomery County Association of Administrators and Principals
  • Montgomery County Council of PTAs
  • Montgomery County Education Association
  • Montgomery County Regional Student Government Association
  • NAACP Parent Council
  • SEIU Local 500
  • Family Engagement Action Team (FEAT)
  • Impact Silver Spring
 

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.

Updates

This area will be updated throughout the process.

Board of Education Meetings

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.

VIEW PRESENTATION SLIDES