Democratizing Education Data
 
 
 
 

Empower.

Discriminology creates platforms and systems that empower community members to hold their local schools accountable for providing all children with equal opportunities at success through equitable opportunities to learn.

 
 
 

Current Projects

Our current projects seek to address three fundamental gaps: an information gap which makes it difficult for stakeholders to properly understand and assess the strengths and weakness within schools and communities as it relates to diversity, equity and inclusion; an understanding gap keeps schools disconnected from the communities they serve; and a decision-making gap that prevents communities of color from using their collective voice to effectively and efficiently advocate for the needs of their children.


School equity profiles

A parent-friendly school accountability tool that incentivizes community engagement and parent advocacy through searchable and interactive school equity profiles. Membership is free and always will be. Learn more >>

 

equity analytics dashboard

Discriminology’s paid analytics platform provides institutions with an in-depth analysis of their data using an informed equity perspective to ensure ecologically fit, locally meaningful, and justice oriented learning environments.

 

charter school Equity matrix

We are creating a consortium of the nation's largest charter school funders, community leaders and educational equity experts to establishing an industry-wide standard for evaluating the credit worthiness of new and existing charter schools.

 

racial climate survey

In partnership with Village of Wisdom, we are developing a pioneering equity assessment; designed to uncover the effects that different learning environments have on the social, emotional and academic development of children of color. Learn more >>

 
 
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Our Leadership

Our team has over 100 years of collective experience teaching, advocating and researching on issues of equity and fairness in our nation's public education system.  

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Our Impact

In less than 2 years Discriminology has been able to engage, build and unite a diverse group of individuals and organizations. From community development fund institutions that invest in the development of new and existing charter schools to community organizations that facilitate grassroots movements to push for school policy changes. Discriminology is committed to working with all groups that are looking to deepen and widen their commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion. 

 

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THOUSAND DOLLARS RAISED

As an organization we have been able to secure over 200k in unrestricted funding from institutions including Echoing Green, 4.0 Schools and The Center for Community Self-Help 

 

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THOUSAND FAMILIES REACHED

Over 150,000 people have used Discriminology since going live in 2016, this includes 20k+ social media followers, parent groups in two markets & a growing network of community partners.

 
 

90+

THOUSAND SCHOOLS EVALUATED

Covering nearly every K-12 public school in the country, Discriminology's school equity profiles provide a detailed analysis on the effects of exclusionary discipline using an informed equity perspective.

 

Build With, Not For.

Our Design Principles

 

1. Build Community Power

Community knowledge is paramount to accurately understanding problems and crafting solutions that work. Intentional community partnerships and thoughtful design processes strengthen community capacity and can result in stronger advocacy and better data tools.

 

2. Address Root Causes

Accountability tools should acknowledge the root causes of educational inequity, which are not primarily the result of individual actors but rather stem from structural inequities and systematic differences in the social, economic, & environmental resources & assets that affect educational outcomes and well-being.

 

3. Make Data Actionable

Data tools should inspire and support community actions toward policy and systems change. Offer viable solutions to improve material conditions that incorporate the experiences of marginalized people, including those for whom data may not be readily available.

 

4. Move Beyond Maps and Numbers

Maps and statistics are important staples of equity data tools, but different types of visualizations and qualitative data can help convey information that builds political will, supports community action, and provides a more comprehensive view of an equity issue.

 

5. Data Democratization

Open access to public data is critical for fair representation and transparency, and to allow advocates access to data they need and in a form they can use. Ensure that data is affordable and available to impacted communities to ensure long-term accountability.

 

6. Disaggregate Data

Understanding how conditions and opportunities vary for different groups, including their histories and the policies affecting them, is critical to developing and advancing tailored equity solutions. Disaggregate data by race/ethnicity, gender, nativity, ancestry, income, and other factors to the best extent possible.

 

7. Emphasize Assets and Opportunities

While uncovering disparities can be valuable for compelling action, it can have the unintentional effect of perpetuating inaccurate and negative stereotypes about communities. Data tools should also focus on community assets and strengths that can be built upon.

 

8. Context, Context, Context

We strive to make our tools as user friendly as possible by providing clear explanations of what the data shows, why it matters, and what users can do about it. We provide definitions of indicators and data sources.


OUR DESIGN PRINCIPLES ARE ADAPTED FROM POLICY LINKS GUIDE TO ONLINE DATA TOOLS FOR HEALTH EQUITY.
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december 2017

Discriminology provides data for and gives voice to the experiences that myself, my children and many of my friends have had in schools for decades.  

- Parent Advocate