Equity and Excellence in Maine Schools

Creating Equity Audits

EEMS Equity Audit

View the EEMS Equity Audit Template. This template is designed for 2017-2018 data available from the Maine Department of Education and 2015 data available from the Office of Civil Rights.

This page is dedicated to the creation of EEMS Equity Audits. The Equity Audit Template revolves around four opportunity areas and allows for an examination of equity at the school level. For the slide show tutorial for creating your own template please use this google slide template. Please contact us for the powerpoint version of the template or to learn how to use the template with more recent data (currently designed for 2017-18/2015 data as stated above).

Understanding the Equity Audit Framework

State Equity Audit exampleThe EEMS Equity Audit Framework is based around the idea that discrepancies in opportunities are reflected in achievement gaps for students. The framework consists of four opportunity areas: access to programming, discipline policies, funding, and achievement.

Interpreting Equity Audit Data

Paul Gorski's social justice framework for Equity Literacy calls on educators to

  1. Recognize biases and inequities
  2. Respond in immediate term
  3. Redress biases in long term
  4. Create and Sustain bias-free and equitable learning environment

The  Equity Audit model helps us to Recognize Opportunity Gaps – discrepancies in funding, access, and discipline that lead to achievement gaps.  Use the following questions to examine your school's equity audit data with a lens of responding to inequities and creating solutions for building an equitable learning environment.

  1. Where do you see (recognize) balanced representation and where do you see racial, gender, or SES discrepancies in access (enrollment in programs – GT, Spec Ed, AP), discipline procedures, funding, and achievement?
  2. Give a deficit model explanation for these discrepancies.
  3. Give a critical structural model explanation for these discrepancies.
  4. Using the critical structural model explanation – brainstorm possible strategies to respond and redress the discrepancies.

Equity Audit Examples

Below are student made examples of the equity audit by district.

Biddeford Schools

Biddeford Middle School
Biddeford High School

Gorham Schools

Great Falls Elementary School
Gorham High School

Lewiston Public Schools

Governor James B Longley Elementary School 
Lewiston High School

MSAD 72 - Fryeburg

K-8 Schools

MSAD 75 - Topsham

K-12 Schools

Portland Public Schools

Fred P Hall Elementary School
Lincoln Middle School
Lyman Moore Middle School
Deering High School

South Portland School Department

Mahoney Middle School
Memorial Middle School
South Portland High School 

Waterville Public Schools

K-12 Schools

Westbrook School Department

Oxford-Cumberland Canal School
Westbrook Middle School
Westbrook High School 

Windham School Department

Windham Middle School 

Winthrop School District

K-12 Schools


Additional Resources

Based on civil rights data released by the U.S. Department of Education, ProPublica has built an interactive database to examine racial disparities in educational opportunities and school discipline. Information is available from than 96,000 individual public and charter schools and 17,000 districts.