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JCPS Developing 'Score Cards' to Close Equity Gaps

Jefferson County Public Schools is developing a new initiative aimed at specific student groups to ensure the right resources are going to the right students.Officials are working with community leaders to develop Equity Score Cards, which will consider trends and data related to gender, disability, race, and geographic regions.   Eventually, the idea is to provide each school with recommendations and ways to close equity gaps among various groups of students that are struggling, says JCPS assistant superintendent John Marshall. “But it’s not going to be this very sterile document where it’s a check off, where you go in and say, oh this school is equitable. It’s going to be equitable based on the needs of students, based on the needs of particular communities, based on the needs of schools," he says. Marshall says he’s unsure if any funding will be attached to the program in its final stage, but getting resources to students that need them should not be an obstacle. The program should be ready for review by September.