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    Equity Initiative
    Posted on 04/04/2018

    Advanced Learning Equity Initiatives

    The Advanced Leaning Office at Seattle Public Schools is currently implementing an array of approaches (essentially simultaneously) to increase access to Advanced Learning programs.

    The focus of these efforts is to enhance equitable access to underrepresented populations, most especially low income, ELL, and students of color.  The Advanced Learning student population is currently over-represented by Caucasian students and underrepresented by Hispanic, African-American, Native American and API students.

    The strategies we are currently employing and were used throughout SY 2017-18 include:


    • Referral window expanded to May 15-Sept. 24
    • 2nd grade “universal testing” using the Naglieri NNAT test at 32 Title One elementary schools
    • Enhanced Scrutiny by The Multidisciplinary Selection Committee (MSC)
    • “Special consideration” in the eligibility process as noted in our Superintendent Procedures and practiced by the MSC
      • Individualized research for referred ELL students for characteristics such as rapid language acquisition
      • Collaboration with Rainier Scholars to identify eligible students who had applied to their program

    Professional Development and Outreach

    • Invitations to students based on teacher recommendations 
    • Invitations to underrepresented students based on high achievement scores recognized through “data mining” 
    • Differentiation workshops at the central office, as well as at satellite sites
    • Website information disseminated to community groups and social media outlets
    • Eligibility forms and first day packet announcement (translations in 9 languages)
    • AL representation at the Annual Admissions Fair, Community Meetings, PTA meetings
    • AL representation on the Equity and Race Advisory Committee (ERAC)
    • AL representation on the Southeast Seattle Education Consortium (SESEC)
    • Participation and partnership with the UW Robinson Center Racial Equity Committee
    • Continuing collaboration and data sharing with Rainier Scholars Program
    • Presentations on HC diversity efforts at the annual conference of the Washington Association of Educators of Talented and Gifted (WAETAG)