PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENTS >
Antiracist Audit Presented to the Board of Education by Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium, Inc.
Audit results call on MCPS to develop a clear, systemwide comprehensive approach to achieve an antiracist school system.
The Board of Education received a public presentation of the MCPS Antiracist Audit by independent auditors, Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium, Inc. on Tuesday, Oct. 11.
In 2020, Dr. Monifa B. McKnight, in her capacity as deputy superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), initiated a study of the district’s policies and practices to ensure MCPS had a clear understanding of how well the district was serving all students. With the Board’s support, Dr. McKnight sought a full understanding of the experiences of students, parents and educators in MCPS.
“I am pleased to have the affirmation of what we have known for years and what student performance data tells us—that students of color have a different experience in our school system,” said Superintendent McKnight. “If we are truly going to ensure that all students can succeed, then we must eliminate racism and bias in teaching and learning. As a result of this work, when we ask ourselves what will be different, the answer must be—we will be different.”
The audit, from its inception, was intended to be a review of MCPS policies and practices to understand the impact of race and racism on teaching and learning. The study examined six areas of MCPS.
Key Finding of the Antiracist System Audit
The report confirmed that MCPS has many elements needed to eliminate racial disparities for students, families and staff. However, as referenced in the study, “the implementation of policies and application of best practices with fidelity differs greatly from school to school, suggesting that the system is currently fragmented. Many of these challenges stem from the lack of a clear, system-wide comprehensive approach to antiracism.”
To succeed, the audit findings suggest that MCPS organize around a series of recommendations that do not add more programs or initiatives.
The recommendations are:
Other Recommended Actions
Beyond these recommendations, the report states that it is equally important to ensure the district has:
Past Studies Informed the Antiracist Audit
While there have been many studies and initiatives in the past, this is the first comprehensive, systemwide opportunity to engage the MCPS community in discussing the role race plays throughout the entire school system.
The findings and recommendations infer that all students will be college, career and community ready if MCPS has coherence, accountability, equity-centered capacity building, continuous data collection and relational trust.
MCPS embarked on the Antiracist System Audit in the fall of 2020 because racial and ethnic disparities are seen in almost every area of the school district, including reading levels, participation in higher level classes, graduation rates, suspension and discipline rates, and staffing.
MCPS sent out a request for proposals in the fall of 2020 and a committee of students, staff and families reviewed the proposals. MAEC was selected and began work in December 2020. Because the goal of the audit is to look across the whole system, MAEC was asked to analyze the school district in the following six areas, referred to as domains in the final report:
Read the full report here.
Read the executive summary here.
See the Next Steps document
Visit the Antiracist Audit website.
<<Back to browse