Westat works to make equity in education happen

Students with effective teachers—teachers who are content experts, culturally responsive, and deliver highly engaging, rigorous academic content—are more likely to learn more and improve their career opportunities. But what about those who don’t, like students who experience a higher percentage of instruction by ineffective, out-of-field, and inexperienced teachers?

Helping to improve educator quality and equity for every student is the goal of Westat’s educator equity team. To eliminate education inequity, we are at the forefront of developing and providing tools, resources, and customized trainings for local school districts, state education departments, and national education advocacy groups.

Other equity indicators

Inequity in education doesn’t start and end with educator quality. Notes Wesley Williams, a Westat Project Director: “For us to answer the question whether every child is well, we must deeply understand the ways that students are smart and the multiple ways that they learn. We must create opportunities that support all stages of student academic progress.”

At the core of achieving this goal, that every child is well academically, emotionally, physically, and socially, are the following factors:

  • Family and community engagement
  • Equitable student access
  • Student-centered learning
  • Cultural responsiveness
  • A safe, welcoming, harmonious, and inclusive school climate
  • Diverse staff of excellent educators
  • Fiscal equity
  • Educator quality

Equity technical assistance, resource, tools, and customized trainings to get the job done

Achieving equity in education requires ongoing professional development and careful planning. Like any big project, it also requires having great tools. That’s why Westat developed these integral tools:

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40%
of states
40% of states identify adverse working conditions (e.g., negative school climate and culture) as a root cause of equity gaps.

 

Westat’s diverse team of equity experts cultivates relationships with our clients so that together, we can determine how to ensure that every student is given opportunities to excel at all stages of their academic journey.

- Wesley Williams, II, Westat Project Director

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Client List
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
Baltimore Metropolitan Council
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
ClearWay Minnesota
DC Public Schools
Georgia Department of Transportation
Internal Revenue Service
Maryland Cancer Registry
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
National Science Foundation
NYC Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
SiriusXM
Social Security Administration
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Teach for America
Texas Education Agency
The Johns Hopkins University
The National Institutes of Health
The Verizon Foundation
Toyota
U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
U.S. Department of Justice
U.S. Department of Transportation
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
University of Denver
University of Maryland Baltimore Campus
University of Michigan

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