Starting Your School's Equity Journey / Chapter 7: Organizational Equity Reflection
Using Quantitative Data to Identify the Inequity that Exists in Your Work
This tool outlines how quantitative data can be used to diagnose an equity challenge.


Review the following:

Reflect individually on the following questions after looking at the data:

  1. What is the inequity in our organization or our schools that most concerns our team, and why? Take time to really discuss and come to consensus on an equity issue that you want to do some work together to address.
  2.  How do we see the root cause(s) of this issue? How does each of us feel about the issue?
  3. What technical or relational factors have made it difficult to progress on this issue?
  4. What do we believe will be required (in terms of our own development and relationships) in order to make significant progress?

Once people have had a chance to reflect on the following prompts, facilitate a conversation (in person or virtually) in which multiple perspectives can be shared. Prior to beginning this conversation, please nominate a member of your team to take notes. These notes should be the basis for the core team’s written response to the questions above.

In preparing for discussing these questions, please read the Introduction to Leading for Equity and consider the following criteria for prioritizing your equity challenge:

  • CONTROL: To what degree is this something that you have access and opportunity to address and change?
  • URGENCY: Based on the data, is this challenge likely to get worse, stay the same, or get better? What is the potential cost of not addressing it now?
  • IMPACT: How broad and deep are the benefits for addressing this challenge? How many students would benefit if you addressed this challenge? Which students would benefit?

Focus on the system that produces inequity. Who benefits, who suffers, and how does it place people at different positions relative to opportunity?

Identify the next steps that could be taken to address your equity challenge.

Preconditions for Success

  • Identify members of leadership and individuals who are familiar with data to participate in this activity
  • Have data in a form that could speak to your equity challenge or help you diagnose an equity challenge. This data should:
    • Have data for at least 100 students If your equity challenge pertains to a specific subgroup of students, at least 15% of the students in your data should be members of that group
    • If possible, records of students’ survey responses on questions that might suggest possible drivers of an equity challenge.
  • Secure permission to use the data you will be using for this activity Equity of voice - This should be an inclusive conversation where the voices of all participants are valued.
  • Create a safe space for discussion
  • Make sure you are thinking about students and data in the right way

Review Equitable Data Collection, Use and Presentation Best Practices (See Attachments)



Connection to Equity

This activity explores how quantitative data can be used in identifying inequity within your organization, which will inform future discussions on which equity challenge your organization may decide to focus on and how your organization will approach that challenge.

Preferred Citation

Identifying the Inequity that Exists in Your Work Protocol developed by PERTS