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Panorama Equity and Inclusion User Guide

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PANORAMA EDUCATION • 2 WHY MEASURE STUDENT PERCEPTIONS OF EQUITY AND INCLUSION? Districts and schools across the country are increasingly focused on creating school communities that ensure equity and foster inclusion. More than ever, specific and measurable goals around equity and inclusion are at the core of district strategic planning and priorities. In Panorama's work with thousands of schools across the country, we've seen districts track achievement gaps, discipline disproportionality, and the diversity of the student population to understand and improve equity and inclusion on campus. Although these metrics are important, they leave out a critical perspective: What are students' perceptions of diversity, equity, and inclusion in school? Student voice is a powerful indicator of how schools are doing on the journey to create more inclusive and equitable learning environments. Without it, schools cannot truly benchmark their progress towards ensuring that each and every student feels included and equipped to succeed in school. HOW CAN SCHOOLS GATHER STUDENT FEEDBACK ON EQUITY AND INCLUSION? By asking students to reflect on their experiences of equity and inclusion in school, education leaders can gather actionable data to understand and improve the racial and cultural climate on campus. The Panorama Equity and Inclusion Survey—developed in partnership with the RIDES (Reimagining Integration: Diverse & Equitable Schools) Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education—provides schools and districts with a clear picture of how students are thinking and feeling about these critical topics. The survey can help schools and districts track the progress of equity initiatives through the lens of the student, identify areas for celebration and improvement, and signal the importance of equity and inclusion to the community. The survey exists as a series of scales, or groups of survey questions, that work together to measure a single construct, or topic (e.g., Diversity and Inclusion). We recommend that schools and districts select the topics that align with their strategic priorities or vision for equity. WHO SHOULD USE THE PANORAMA EQUITY AND INCLUSION SURVEY? Panorama's survey can be used in any middle or high school community that values diversity, equity, and inclusivity. The questions are applicable to all types of school settings—including public, independent, and charter schools—and to communities serving students from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds. Panorama has designed the questions to be developmentally appropriate for students in grades 6-12. ABOUT THIS SURVEY

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