Definition of Equity
Topeka Public Schools is committed to educational fairness and opportunity for all racial and ethnic groups and academic excellence and personal success for all students. Central to this commitment is educational equity. Educational equity means raising the achievement of all students while (1) eradicating the achievement gaps between the lowest and highest performing students and (2) eliminating the racial predictability or disproportionality of which student groups occupy the highest and lowest achievement categories.
About the Equity Council
The Topeka Public Schools (TPS) mission is to engage students in the highest quality learning, prepare students for responsible, productive citizenship, and inspire excellence for a lifetime. Our goal is to increase learning for every student. Racial equity is a critical component for the district for a basic and essential reason, to raise the achievement of all students.
We know that this work is complex and often uncomfortable, but TPS is committed to eradicating the achievement gaps between the lowest and highest performing students and eliminating the racial predictability or disproportionality of which student groups occupy the highest and lowest achievement categories.
We would like to share with you our most recent graduation reports by school and race. While there is a lot to celebrate with these numbers, we are also conscious of the fact we still have students who did not graduate. This is why our work is so important.
Currently, Topeka Public Schools is engaging in a multi-layered racial equity development work with Pacific Educational Group to create the educational climate and culture for systemic equity transformation. This transformation includes all levels of the organization School Board: Superintendent’s Council, district and site leadership and certified and classified staff. Again, the district is committed to eliminating racial disparities and predictability in academic achievement.
TPS Equity Contacts:
Dr. Beryl New
Director of Equity
Co-Chair Equity Council