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Success Gaps Toolkit

The Success Gaps Toolkit supports use of the Equity, Inclusion, and Opportunity: Addressing Success Gaps White Paper and Equity, Inclusion, and Opportunity: Addressing Success Gaps, Indicators of Success Rubric. The toolkit also includes many other materials and resources to assist a school or district to conduct a root cause analysis and make a plan for reducing success gaps. Materials included are:

  • Videos that define and give examples of success gaps;
  • Customizable process and meeting agendas;
  • Customizable presentation shell for each meeting; and
  • Other support materials such as improvement planning forms, meeting evaluation forms, reading materials to use with teams, and other success gaps presentations or stories.

The Success Gaps materials were developed for schools and districts to use if they have been identified through their state's accountability system as a school or district in need of improvement, as low performing, or having a gap in performance or achievement that needs to be addressed. Districts can use the tools to take a closer look at their educational system to prevent "success gaps" and ensure equitable education for all students. A state can use the materials with a district to identify success gaps and their causes within the LEA. Some states will use the materials as part of their work with districts that are underperforming academically, have school climate challenges, or have identified disproportionality.

For more information about how to use this tool, view this webinar recording.


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Companion Resources

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This white paper focuses on elements of equity, inclusion, and opportunity that can minimize or eliminate success gaps among different groups of students. It provides the research-based background that guided development of a complementary rubric that schools or districts can use to systematically examine the root causes of success gaps among groups of their students. The white paper has been updated recently and now includes considerations for children as young as preschool.

This rubric allows a team of users from a school or district to systematically examine the root causes of success gaps among groups of students by focusing on equity, inclusion, and opportunity. The rubric has been updated recently and now includes considerations for children as young as preschool. A complementary white paper provided the research-based background that supported development of the rubric.

The presentation provides a self-assessment rubric that can help states and local districts view their school/district programs and practices with an "equity" lens and help states and LEAs understand the reasons for discrepancies in outcomes between certain groups of students. Helpful handouts are included.

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    Success Gaps Toolkit
  • Published:
    Sep 12, 2017
  • Authors:
    Nancy O'Hara, Kristin Reedy
  • Organizations:
    IDEA Data Center
  • Format:
    Toolkits and Templates
  • Topics:
    618 Data, Disproportionality and Success Gaps, Part B
  • Tags:
    Success Gaps, Disproportionality, Significant Discrepancy, Root Analysis, IDC Significant Disproportionality Resources
  • Suggested Citation:

    O'Hara, N., and Reedy, K. (2016, August). Success Gaps Toolkit. IDEA Data Center. Rockville, MD: Westat.

For more information about this resource, contact your IDC state liaison.