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Honoring excellence by embracing equity: exploring best practices in closing achievement gaps

Brown, K., & Benkovitz, J.
Leadership, 14-19 (2009, Summer/Fall)

“The purpose of this empirical inquiry of state recognized ‘Honor Schools of Excellence’ was to explore how these schools of distinction are (or are not) promoting and supporting both academic excellence AND systemic equity for all students. In Phase One, quantitative data was collected through equity audits to scan for and then document systemic patterns of equity and inequity. ... In Phase Two, through site visits, informal observations, document analyses and the use of semistructured interviews … , qualitative data was then collected to document best practices and effective strategies that principals use to confront and change past practices anchored in open and residual racism and class discrimination. Similarities and differences between schools with smaller achievement gaps versus schools with larger achievement gaps were noted.”