Demographic Data and Student Equity

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Funding Program:

Knowledge Network for Applied Educational Research (KNAER)

Funding Amount:

$35,000

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The Ontario Ministry of Education recently articulated its Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy and its vision that school boards across the province ensure that the learning needs of all students are equitably served. Some school boards are already collecting and utilizing demographic data that reduce the achievement gap. Other school boards are currently considering gathering demographic data in order to plan for improved student achievement, attendance, and graduation. But there are challenges to collecting such data. This Demographic Data and Student Equity project is a unique university/school board collaboration that explores challenges related to the collection, use and reporting of demographic data, as well as the opportunities and benefits it might provide for student equity.The York Centre for Education and Community, in partnership with the Ottawa-Carleton, Peel, Toronto and York Region District School Boards, will study and address these challenges.