Race, ethnicity, and culture play a powerful role in teaching, leading, and learning. For many years, MCPS has worked actively to provide a rigorous, meaningful education to students, but the fact remains that not all students achieve at the same high levels. The MCPS equity journey claims, boldly, that a public education must serve all students and this belief is central to district values, strategic planning and budgeting. Today's "All In: Equity and Achievement Framework" rests on a foundation built upon years of informed, hard work. Important references of this work are presented on this webpage.
Policy ACA: Nondiscrimination, Equity and Cultural Proficiency
ACA-RA - Nondiscrimination, Equity and Cultural Proficiency Regulation (multiple languages)
MCPS Strategic Plan
Reducing and Eliminating Disparities in Education
The mission of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is to ensure every student has the academic, creative problem solving, and social emotional skills to be successful in college, career, and community, regardless of his or her background. While many of our students achieve at the highest levels, not all have had opportunities, support and resources needed to meet their full potential. MCPS is committed to addressing disparities in student outcomes by closing gaps in opportunity and achievement for all students, in all classrooms, in all of our schools. (Available in all languages.)
Equity Unit Website and Monthly Newsletter
Equity Initiative Newsletter September Issue
Multiple measures in classroom, district and external categories that assess student learning
A continuous improvement model that uses data to identify strategies focusing on students who are not meeting the multiple measures and ensure continued progress for those who have
Evidence of Learning
The MCPS Equity Accountability Model* provides a detailed and focused assessment of school success and publicly monitors and reports all students' performance. The Equity Accountability Model moves beyond the typical state and federal aggregate reporting to performance reporting for specific focus groups of students who have not experienced the same level of access, opportunity or success as other students.
How do we know? In not, why not?
Equity Accountability Model
The Equitable Access to Resources (EAR) portion of the Equity and Achievement Framework examines how well the system and schools are using staff, time and money as measured by student outcomes, with emphasis on the performance of the five focus groups. The primary goal of a deep examination of system resource allocation and use is to reduce the likelihood that student outcomes are predictable by race or income.
What are we going to do about it?
Equitable Access to Resources
May 3, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. EDT
For 50 years, the achievement gap in Montgomery County has grown in the shadows while many of our county's schools and students garnered well-deserved praise and earned awards. Despite efforts by county leaders, the gap continued to grow, overshadowed by aggregated data, which allowed the struggles of some students to be masked behind the outcomes of their peers in one of the nation's largest school districts.
Published: 2020-07-11 00:49
Most years, I spend the Fourth of July holiday enjoying the company of my family and friends; watching the joy on a grandchild's face during a fireworks display; and reflecting on my whereabouts during the many July 4 holidays I've experienced.
May 31st, 2020
For several weeks, I've been writing about how we are "all in this together" as we continue to face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there is another crisis in our country that I must address now. It's a crisis of justice and equality that we are all facing and, while we are all in it together, we are not experiencing this crisis in the same way—not even close.
January 20, 2020
No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background or his religion. People learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. — Nelson Mandela
In order to learn at high levels, students need a sense of well-being. They need to know that they are physically, socially and psychologically well taken care of. They need an environment where they are valued. They need schools and communities free of hate and bias.
The Theme of Equity is carried in just about every posting of the superintendent's blog:
December 19, 2019
I often speak about the moral imperative to ensure that every student has an education that prepares him or her for college or career.
December 4, 2019
Late fall is budget season for our school system. While on the surface, budgets sound dry and mundane, they provide us the opportunity to evaluate our priorities and put our money where our mouth is, so to speak.
May 30, 2020
As the children and community read, hear and watch in horror about the recent deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, it is our moral imperative to speak out. The Montgomery County Board of Education condemns the senseless killing of Mr. Floyd in Minneapolis and Ms. Taylor in Louisville. That their killings are committed by a law enforcement officer is beyond the pale. These acts have focused our nation on the longstanding historical injustices that have plagued our nation since its founding.
The project in its beginning stages will engage an external contractor to do an audit of MCPS in six key areas:
Race and culture exert a powerful influence on policies, practices and interactions in every aspect of Montgomery County Public Schools and can lead to the racial predictability of achievement and success.
The Study Circles Program helps groups develop relationships, awareness, and skills necessary to engage in productive dialogue around challenging issues.
The dialogue process helps participants to:
Restorative Justice is an approach to building community, self-care, and conflict resolution. It's a social justice platform that allows students to: