Traditionally Underrepresented Students Are Not Always …

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Traditionally Underrepresented Students Are Not Always Underrepresented: Profiles of the Most-Equitable Schools for Students Who Are Black and HispanicScott J. Peters, Matthew C. Makel, & James A. Carter III

Tuesday, May 21, 2024, 10:45 am – 12:15 pm, Lawrence D. McHugh Hall, Room MCHU 302

According to the 2017–2018 Office of Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC), Black and Hispanic students were 55% and 77% as represented within the identified gifted population as they were in the U.S. student population. However, there are schools that diverge from this trend by identifying atypically high numbers of Black and Hispanic students. In fact, the top 5% most-equitable schools in the country identify Black or Hispanic students at an average of twice the rate they are represented in their respective school populations. This represents thousands of schools. In this paper our goal was to better understand what predicted higher levels of representation at the school level, including among these top 5% most equitable schools.