Equity: Getting to AllAt Pittsburgh Public Schools we are committed to 1) Accelerating Student Achievement, 2) Eliminating Racial Disparities, 3) Becoming a District of First Choice for students and families. The Equity Office: CitySteps was organized to monitor the District's progress at accelerating student achievement and eliminating racial disparities. The responsibilities of this office include:
One of the goals, set by the Board of Directors, was "to develop and communicate a plan to decrease racial disparities in student achievement within the Pittsburgh Public schools."The elimination of racial disparities is one of our top priorities, but we know we can't do it alone. As part of our efforts to eliminate racial disparities, we will work to deepen our efforts to ensure that everyone plays a key role in ensuring the students of Pittsburgh graduate Promise-Ready and complete college or attain a workforce certification. Like the steps our children climb throughout the City of Pittsburgh, we are each a constructive step as students climb toward Promise Readiness.
- Reviewing and analyzing the District's disaggregated student data concerning inequities in discipline, grades, standardized test scores, and special programs;
- Evaluate the District's equity programs and initiatives;
- Review best practices information for equitable education programs;
- Develop and implement program initiatives and otherwise take all steps necessary to remedy racial and ethnic isolation and imbalance found to exist;
- Meet with the Equity Advisory Panel to exchange information and accept comments and suggestions; and
- Monitoring the District's progress on the Equity: Getting to All plan.
Equity News and Updates
On October 28, 2015, the Board of Directors for the Pittsburgh Public Schools authorized the District to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) to maintain the District's commitment to the Equity Advisory Panel and the continued monitoring of the District's efforts to improve achievement for African-American students and to reduce racial disparities in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. The MOU expires August 30, 2020.