A year-long research audit funded by Plymouth-Canton Community Schools revealed wide-ranging student equity gaps throughout the district.
A combination of surveys and other data-collection procedures was conducted by Arlington, Virginia-based research firm Hanover Research. The ongoing study is one of several projects included in a $105,000 contract the school district has with Hanover, which also works on the district’s multi-tiered systems of support programs.
Among the inequities brought to light by the study are that Black/African-American and Hispanic students in Plymouth-Canton schools are underrepresented in student success outcomes compared to the overall general population of the district, while Asian students are overrepresented in this category.
In early-warning outcome categories — including chronic absenteeism, lack of participation in standardized testing and a greater frequency of suspensions — Black, Hispanic, economically disadvantaged and English-learning students are overrepresented while Asian and white students are largely underrepresented, according to a Hanover presentation during the Feb. 22 Plymouth-Canton Community Schools Board of Education meeting.
“Hanover finds consistent opportunity gaps in academic and behavioral outcomes among students at P-CCS,” the presentation stated.
“This is disconcerting,” said Board of Education President Patti McCoin, “but not surprising.”
Results of an online survey taken by 5,420 students, 1,873 parents and 431 staff affiliated wi
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