Using the Equity Explorer Application for Research

Wallace Research Symposium on Talent Development

Campus/Building Maps

Using the Equity Explorer Application for ResearchLindsay Lee, Matthew McBee, Matthew C. Makel, Scott J. Peters, D. Betsy McCoach, & Tamra Stambaugh

Tuesday, May 21, 2024, 8:00 – 9:00 am, Lawrence D. McHugh Hall, Room MCHU 206

As part of a Javits Grant project, the Optimal Identification team developed the Equity Explorer application—an interactive website that anyone can use to explore the implications of current gifted identification systems and model possible alternatives. The application allows users to upload their data to design an identification system based on different assessments, cut scores, and norms to automatically generate reports on the number of students identified, their average scores, and equitable access for different groups of students (e.g., race/ethnicity, free/reduced lunch, English Learners). In this session, we will demonstrate our Equity Explorer application to explore the effects of different criteria choices and discuss how researchers can use this tool for program evaluation to examine equitable access of diverse groups in districts across the United States. The application helps researchers evaluate missingness, explore multiple pathways (i.e., OR, MEAN combination rules; McBee et al., 2016), nomination instrument choices (McBee et al., 2014), cutoff scores, and types of local norms (i.e., exclusive, inclusive, closest). Attendees will leave the session ready to use the application with their own data.