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ERIC Number: EJ916294
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Data as a Social Justice Tool
Dillon, Robert
Principal Leadership, v11 n2 p32-35 Oct 2010
Data can serve as a powerful tool to ensure equity for students: if educators examine data through the lens of social justice, they will reveal success stories and wounds. At the author's former school, Nipher Middle School in Saint Louis, Missouri, the wounds of previous data-driven decisions were real. Using a social justice lens to examine data, the author and his staff members found that Black students and students of poverty were placed in summer school and remedial reading programs at a disproportionately high rate and that the percentage of Black students who received failing grades was also substantially higher than average. In this article, the author describes how they implemented new data-driven interventions in grading practices, summer school placements, and transition placements for incoming sixth graders. The call for greater social justice in schools is amplified through the examination of data. It is true that many schools have shifted to become diligent data absorbers, but the most effective schools of the next generation will have data miners and analyzers that run data through the filter of social justice to maximize the achievement of all students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Missouri