Equity Audit Report
Posted on 07/19/2018

July 18, 2018

Dear students, parents, staff, and community members,

Equity is the most essential goal of the Princeton Public School District. Educational equity is not about equality. It is not about treating all children the same.  Instead, equity is about acknowledging and valuing differences and ensuring that all children have the support they need to reach their highest potential in our classrooms regardless of their race, religion, gender, sexual identification, country of origin, cultural affiliation, language spoken, learning difference, or economic background.

To be equitable requires us to remove barriers to access and barriers to achievement. Sometimes those are physical barriers; sometimes those are instructional barriers; sometimes those are economic barriers; but often they are barriers of bias.

Recognizing our own biases can be difficult for both individuals and institutions.  We often need objective, thoughtful, experts to help us do the difficult work of identifying areas of strength, areas of weakness, and areas of blindness where we may not even see the perceptions and experiences of others. 

During the 2017-2018 school year, the Princeton Public School District undertook an equity audit that was conducted by Marceline DuBose, an educational equity consultant who has worked with school districts throughout the nation to do this difficult work. The report we have received from the audit is honest and objective. It notes areas of strength in the district, and areas where we need to address disparities.

We hope this report will spark important conversations in our schools, in our district, and in our community. However, this report must and will lead to action. We are working with Princeton’s Civil Rights Commission to form a “Study Circle” of community leaders, educators, and students who will meet multiple times this summer and fall to review the equity report in depth and begin developing meaningful action steps for us to implement. 

The work ahead of us to diversify our curriculum, diversify our staff, overcome bias, and foster inclusion is not easy or quick. But we believe that by working together, by continuing to have honest conversations, and by listening to each other with humility and openness, we will be able to make the changes needed to ensure not only that every student receives an equitable education but that every student is able to practice equity in our culturally complex world.

Steve Cochrane