Albemarle County Schools seek consultant to study persistence of achievement gaps

Albemarle County Schools have issued a request for proposals for a firm to better understand why many students consistently remain behind. (view the RFP)

“Results for our students of color are not the same as other demographics groups,” reads the background for the request for proposals. This is what Ellen Osborne was referring to earlier in this newsletter.

The request cites data from the Spring 2022 Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) which shows that younger Black students require additional reading support than students who are not Black. 

The consultants will be asked to:

  • Audit the school division’s practices to “ to better understand ACPS’s failure to end the predictive value of race in reading and math achievement, particularly in K-5 reading and math, as well as high school Algebra 1”
  • Conduct an analysis of the root causes of the achievement gap 
  • Identification of best practices to “provide action steps for school and division level leaders to enact organizational improvement.” 

The proposals are due on December 5. 

The division equity table for the 2021-2022 school year in Albemarle 

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