Robert Avossa, Chief Accountability Officer of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, presented an overview of the 2010 Equity Report at the Jan. 26 Board of Education meeting. The Equity Report is an annual assessment of how the district is meeting nine areas outlined in Board policy ADA, Equitable Educational Opportunities. Those areas measured include: audio-visual equipment; co-curricular activities; faculty; instructional materials and course offerings; library books and media services; school facilities; teacher/student ratios; technology systems, and textbooks.
This year’s report includes data from the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 school years. It found that the district met equitable standards in six of the nine areas: audio-visual equipment; instructional programs and course offerings; library books and media services; school facilities; teacher/student ratios, and technology systems. Initiatives that helped the district meet those standards were: upgrading new equipment and technology; providing supplemental-funding sources to help meet the instructional needs at FOCUS and Title I schools, granting Freedom and Flexibility with Accountability to qualifying principals and implementing Strategic Staffing in select schools.
The areas where CMS is improving but is not yet at standard are co-curricular activities, faculty and textbooks. Recommendations for those areas include offering co-curricular activities that enhance student interest in developing leadership and problem-solving skills, designing and developing teacher-retention programs that emphasize student achievement, and purchasing textbook-tracking software to analyze the quality of books and maximize the use of surplus textbooks prior to purchasing additional books.
A 10th area, per-pupil expenditures, was also included in the Equity Report, but was not part of the original group of standards when the equity policy was adopted by the Board in 2001. The per-pupil expenditure area provides information about how schools utilize resources.
To view the full report, click here.
2010 Equity Report Supporting Documents
Faculty Supplemental Summary.pdf
2008-2009 Library Books – Quantitative Standard
2008-2009 Library Books – Qualitative Standard
Middle School Co-Curricular Activities.pdf
Achievement Zone - Co-Curricular Activities.pdf
Central LC - Co-Curricular Activities.pdf
East LC - Co-Curricular Activities.pdf
North LC - Co-Curricular Activities.pdf
Northeast LC - Co-Curricular Activities.pdf
South LC - Co-Curricular Activities.pdf
West LC - Co-Curricular Activities.pdf