[PAST EVENT] Faculty Research Brown Bag - Measuring Opportunity: The Equity Ratio

March 25, 2021
12pm - 1pm
Faculty Research Brown Bag: Robert C. Knoeppel

Measuring Opportunity: The Equity Ratio

The conceptualization and measurement of educational adequacy has been a process that has engaged scholars for nearly three decades. The term came to be associated with “third wave” class action suits wherein plaintiffs brought suit against their respective states claiming that inadequate funding for education was unconstitutional and resulted in inequitable learning opportunities for children in property poor communities. Scholars have argued that the ‘benchmark’ of a finance system should be whether that system provides adequate resources so that schools and districts can deploy strategies to help all students learn. Despite repeated calls for changes to state funding models, many states continue to rely on a foundation program to fund public education; these models have been described as inadequate to meet the demands of educating all children to mandated levels of proficiency. This misalignment of resources to intended outcomes of schooling have led to calls reform in order to provide equal and adequate educational opportunity.

The equity and adequacy of finance policies has historically been measured separately from that of student achievement. Robert C. Knoeppel proposes an equity ratio that utilizes measures of dispersion of student performance and finance to measure opportunity.

Longtime educator and noted scholar on educational finance innovation, Dean Robert C. Knoeppel previously served as dean of the College of Education at the University of South Florida before coming to William & Mary last summer.

The Faculty Research Brown Bag Series is sponsored by the Office of Research and Faculty Development at the William & Mary School of Education. For more information about the Faculty Research Brown Bag Series: https://education.wm.edu/research/brown-bags/index.php