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Excellence and Equity

Excellence and Equity

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Report by Loyola University on Windsor High School
Report by Loyola University on Windsor High School

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 Excellence and Equity: The Impact of Racial Inopportunity on Student Development and Achievement at Windsor High School 
 
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Research Supported by a grant from Connecticut State Department of Education,Windsor Alliance Grant, 2013
Loyola University Chicago School of Education
Dr. Marlon C. JamesDr. Carrie LevyEwune EwaneDaniel CamachoKelly Ferguson
Loyola University MarylandSchool of Education
Dr. Wendy SmithDr. Robert SimmonsLindsay McCulloughDominic WalkerPrepared by
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 Excellence and Equity: The Impact of Racial Inopportunity on Student Development and Achievement at Windsor High School 
 
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Windsor Board of Education601 Matianuck AvenueWindsor, CT 0609508/28/2013Re: Excellence and Equity Review of WHSThank you for the opportunity to provide a research-based view of achievement and access at Windsor High School(WHS) through an Excellence and Equity Review. Enclosed are research findings, analysis and recommendationsfor 
 Excellence and Equity: The Impact of Racial Inopportunity on Student Development and Achievement at Windsor High School 
. This is presented in a series of three interrelated analyses entitled:
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Look at Us: How Students at Windsor High School Experience Teaching and Learning.
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Equality with Equity: An Analysis of Access to Advanced Placement Courses at Windsor High School.
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Off Track: An analysis of track clustering, and the impact of initial course placements on future courseenrollment and student achievement at Windsor High School.
 
The research team would like to especially thank the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jeffrey Villar and his centraloffice staff who provided support and critical feedback during this process; Mr. Russell Sills, Principal of Windsor High School whose leadership, commitment and support is invaluable; Windsor High School staff 
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office andteachers
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who provided critical data, support and insight into the experience of leading and teaching in Windsor High School; and the students for their candor, commitment and concern for their own education and that of their  peers; the families of WHS, the community members and leaders who all trusted this process and valued its purpose.Altogether, 250 students, 60 educators/leaders, 50 parents and community members, thank you for your  participation in this Excellence and Equity Review of your high school.
The research team observed within the Windsor community an energy fueled by sincere concern for its children’s
academic experiences which it rightly views to be predictive for the future health and well-being of the Town. It isour hope that this research of Windsor High School serves as a catalyst that focuses the collective energy andresources of the Windsor community to be the First Town to settle the achievement disparities among and betweenits children.Sincerely,Marlon C. James, PhDAssistant Professor of Teaching and LearningLoyola University ChicagoMjames7@luc.edu 
 
Marlon C. James, Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction
 
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION, TEACHING AND LEARNING820 N. MICHIGAN AVE. | CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 60611O (312) 915-6852 |
MJAMES7@LUC.EDU
 
 
 Excellence and Equity: The Impact of Racial Inopportunity on Student Development and Achievement at Windsor High School 
 
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