Educational equity is the condition of justice, fairness, and inclusion in our system so that all students have access to the opportunities to learn and develop to their fullest potentials. The pursuit of educational equity recognizes the historical conditions and barriers that have prevented opportunity and success in learning for students based on their races, incomes, and other social conditions. Eliminating those structural and institutional barriers to educational opportunities requires systemic change that allows for distribution of resources, information and other support depending on the student’s situation to ensure equitable access.
Equity is different from equality. Equity is a principle that is based upon justice and fairness, while equality demands everyone be treated at the same level.
Ten Commitments to Equity
Creating equitable opportunities is dependent upon having inclusive policies and practices that represent all students and providing each student increased access to and creating meaningful participation in high-quality learning experiences where each student realizes positive outcomes.
- Prioritize equity: Set and communicate a vision and targets for high outcomes for all students.
- Start from within: Focus on leadership, diversity, and inclusiveness.
- Measure what matters: Use relevant and meaningful data. Hold each other accountable for equity.
- Go local: Engage and develop leaders at all levels. Empower community partners in the continuous improvement work.
- Follow the money: Allocate resources to learners who need them most.
- Start early: Invest in families and learners early on.
- Monitor equitable implementation of standards: Improve the quality of curriculum and instruction for all students.
- Value people: Focus on teachers and leaders. Develop the people you have. Ensure equitable access to the best teachers.
- Improve conditions for learning: Focus on school culture, climate, and social-emotional development. Connect teaching to the experiences, assets and needs of students.
- Give students options: Empower students with high-quality options to support every learner’s success.