The general framework to assess school equity will consist of the following sections:
Concept of Equity: the definition of equity will be offered after having analysed the theoretical framework on the topic.
Equity Dimensions: the revision of the theoretical framework and the experience of the different partner countries will provide the knowledge to set equity dimensions in school contexts. Dimensions will be defined and internal factors will be described.
Equity Assessment: different levels of achievement of equity dimensions will be set and defined by using indicators and descriptors. The assessment will be done with a rubric.
The rubric is an innovative assessment tool as it provides a sound starting place for guiding implementation of good practices in school equity. It is used to assess complex processes and educational outcomes. It will contain evaluative criteria, quality definitions for those criteria at particular levels of achievement, and a scoring strategy. It will be presented in table format and it will be used by schools to assess their level of equity. It will be able to be also used as a self-diagnosis tool to promote reflection and self and peer review in schools to foster understanding of school equity and show the path to reach higher scoring levels in school equity.
This general framework will be a digital publication offered to all the schools within the areas of influence of the project’s educational authorities to be used as a means of internal evaluation of equity. It will be translated into each national language by one institution in each country.
The methodogical guide will be produced to help schools in assessing equity. It will include the steps to build understanding of equity, recommended actions for school leaders and examples. The guide will have the following sections:
Identifying equity: this is the background information on school equity and the different dimensions established in the project.
Success factors and protocols: this include experiences and practices to improve school equity.
Methods and tools to measure and assess equity: this includes explanations about how to apply the tools developed in the project and how to relate them with the general framework developed to assess school equity.
The most important element of innovation is that the guide will help to translate equity into action by empowering school heads through a challenging way of decision-making. The guide will be used by the partner schools and it will be presented to school heads in the multiplier events of the project, with which we expect to reach 200 school leaders and stakeholders in each country.
The guide will be a digital document, which will be able to be downloaded from the project website and other dissemination channels.
We understand the transferability potential as the capacity to use this guide beyond the project’s partners. There will be two main ways of transferability. The first will be the availability of the guide to the general public as it will be able to be downloaded from several sites: project website, partners’ websites and the Erasmus+ project results platform. The second will be the direct dissemination of this IO to all the schools within the area of influence of the project’s partners.
To assess school equity, several digital tools are needed. This IO will develop the technical tools so that they can be applied by school leaders and educational authorities to measure and assess equity. The following tools will be developed:
Dashboard of indicators: once the different dimensions have been set and described, a dashboard of indicators will be created. The dimensions will be associated to several indicators. A web application will gather the indicators’ data and calculate several statistical parameters. The web application will generate reports for each school or groups of schools with the indicators’ information, which will facilitate benchmarking processes.
These two digital tools are elements of innovation as they allow schools and educational authorities to measure and assess equity in education in a rigorous way. They will be offered to schools within the area of influence of the project’s organization. This will involve a high impact in the different countries participating in the project and a high level of transferability.
This training course is addressed to school heads and other school stakeholders. The focus of the course is on empowering school heads to implement and assess practices on school equity.
The course will be divided into different modules. The first will be about the concept of equity in education and the research and studies developed on the topic. The second, third and fourth modules will be based on the different dimensions of school equity: dropout, social cohesion and inclusion. These modules will include information about each topic, best practices to deal with the topics. The fifth module will be on assessing school equity. It will include assessing guidance and tools. The last module of the course will consist of applying the knowledge of previous modules on a real situation, this means to study how equity is managed and assessed in a school.
The course will be delivered in the open online platform Moodle. Each edition of the course will have a tutor-coach to enhance discussion and guide the learning process by using the tools that this platform already provides. Moodle allows a socio constructionist approach, which emphasizes the learners’ contribution to the learning process.
The course will be piloted in the last semester of the project. After that, it will be offered to local authorities in order to be included in the catalogue of professional development activities for school heads. It is expected that, at least, one online group will be offered in each country the year after the end of the project. Each course can held up to 40 learners.
This product is a specialised portal on school equity. It will be structured in two main sections. The first will collect information on equity in education. All this information will be the theoretical framework of the project. The second section will be a collection of good practices on school equity. This section will become a repository of practices already implemented in schools that will be used as examples for the school partners and all the schools in the area of influence of the participating institutions. The selected practices will include examples of how schools tackle with disadvantaged, Roma and refugee students, early drop-out, bullying and gender issues.
The portal will use search engine optimization, including metatags, to make it more visible in web search engines and it will also be responsive. In this way, we will increase the potential impact and transferability of this intellectual output.
Once this IO is finished, it will be advertised in the local authorities websites, such as http://xtec.gencat.cat/ca/ and http://www.istruzione.lombardia.gov.it/milano/integrazione/ As these websites are visited by many school heads and teachers, the information will arrive at most schools within the areas of influence of the project partners and it will have a very large impact. As to transferability potential, once schools know about this portal on equity, they will be able to check the collection of best practices and try to implement some of these in their schools.