Now, as you’re looking to enroll your kids in school in CA, you can use this handy phone/tablet app cleverly named CA Schools to do your “due diligence.” I spent about 20 minutes with it and found it incredibly unwieldy. But worse than that, while ethnicity data is available on a given school, you’ll find no information on how demographics of “socioeconomically disadvantaged” students compares with the district or state — even in the “equity report”!
Imagine IF (cue twinkly music) the CA Dept of Ed had developed a kind of School Diversity Score… Imagine if, as you’re trying to make sense of test score data (which you know reflects more about parent-socioeconomics than teaching integrity), a segregation/integration meter stared you in the face.
Imagine, too, if the Diversity Score also included some information on classroom equity — are kids of color enrolled in gifted programs on campus at the same rate as white/privileged kids? What about disciplinary actions or AP course enrollment?
Would such an index move you? Would you better contextualize those test scores or think differently about them?
I think so. Maybe not every parent would — but YOU would. And, at the very least, parents wouldn’t be able to pretend that it didn’t exist. There’d be so MUCH that we couldn’t so easily ignore!