Using the Toolkit

Equity & Diversity: The Four Phases

-Creating the Profile

-Setting the Goals

-Planning to Improve

-Implementing the Plan




A. Terms and Definitions (pdf)
B. Demographic Data (pdf)
C. Students Performance Data (pdf)
D. Statements to Include in an Equity Audit (pdf)
E. Perceptual Data Summary (pdf)
F. Program Data (pdf)
G. Emerging Goals Worksheet (pdf)
H. Policy Example (pdf)
I. Vision and Mission Statement Example (pdf)
J. High School Strategies Example (pdf)
K. Researching School Improvement Strategies (pdf)
L. Action Plan worksheet (pdf)

Topic Guides for CIP Plans

Equity and Diversity

Family & Community Engagement

Instructional Strategies

Nebraska Literacy Plan

PreK-12 Curriculum Alignment

Special Education: Improving Learning for Children with Disabilities (ILCD)


Improvement Plan Requirements


Early Childhood

The Nebraska Framework:
A Handbook for Continuous Improvement in Nebraska Schools

Nebraska Statewide Assessment (NeSA)

Professional Development, Data Resources, and Links

Rule 10

State of the Schools Report

Nebraska Department of Education

US Department of Education


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Appendix D - Statements to Include in an Equity Audit

Equity Audit Statements
Use this list to guide you as you create an Equity Audit. Include or modify statements to fit your school or district situation. Statements can be answered with the suggested scale, and should be followed by discussion of the evidence to support each statement rating.

1 – Strongly Agree
2 – Agree
3 – Disagree
4 – Strongly Disagree

Community and Parent Factors

School Policy and Practice

Classroom and Teacher Factors

Student Factors

Curriculum and Instruction Factors

Equity Audit Statements are adapted from:

Nelson, J. and Bustamante, R. (2007). The School-Wide Cultural Competence Observation Checklist.

Bustamante, R. (2008) The “Culture Audit”: A Leadership Tool for Assessment and Strategic Planning in Diverse Schools and Colleges. Version 1.2: March 23, 2008 (retrieved from http://cnx.org/content/m13691/1.2/)

Affirm Organizational Development and Training (2009). Cultural Competence Audit. (Retrieved from http://www.affirm.net.au/)


Nebraska Department of Education, 2010