Equity Framework

Historically Underserved Students & Communities 

  • African American/Black
  • English Language Learners
  • Hispanic /Latinx
  • Asian/Asian American
  • Immigrant 
  • Indigenous students 
  • Refugee students
  • English Language Learners/Emerging Bilingual Learners
  • Girls and Young Women  
  • LGBTQIA+ students
  • Economically Disadvantaged
  • Students who are placed in Special Education services
  • Students with emotional, cognitive and physical challenges

The Problems We are Seeking to Solve as a District

  1. The system has been failing to meet the social, emotional needs of historically underserved students for decades because of systemic racism and discrimination in funding, hiring, teacher support and development and curricular offerings.
  2. Discrimination and favoritism in the district have resulted in segregated schools that follow the pattern of city segregation, dispossession and displacement, which stifle the opportunities for students to learn in environments that attract highly qualified and culturally proficient staff.

Austin ISD Equity Framework

  1. Develop leadership for equity and inclusion
  2. Practice transparent & effective communication with all stakeholders
  3. Collect, analyze & use disaggregated data
  4. Develop non-discriminatory, inclusive & supportive policies 
  5. Engage students & families
  6. Engage all communities, particularly underserved & underrepresented
  7. Apply research & evidence-based practices
  8. Engage in ongoing cultural proficiency & inclusiveness development & training 
  9. Support & engage in culturally relevant teaching
  10. Develop & implement equity-focused strategic planning, evaluation & budget allocations