Equity assessment of IPPs to address barriers in education

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Nova Scotia is launching an equity assessment of individual program plans (IPPs) to identify and remove systemic barriers in education that affect students of African and Indigenous decent.

The province says IPPs are developed when a student may not be able to meet curriculum outcomes, and disparities in the process can create barriers to a student's success.

A review in 2016 found African Nova Scotian students were 1.5 times more likely to have an IPP than non-African Nova Scotian students, with Indigenous students 1.4 times more likely than non-Indigenous students.

Government says current and former students, parents, guardians and community members will be able to share their input and experiences through surveys, interviews and focus groups beginning in July. 

Teachers and school staff can give their input in the fall and a final report is expected in the winter.