Educational equity is when educators provide all students with the high-quality instruction and support they need to reach and exceed a common standard.
Equity focuses on outcomes for students.
Equity in education demands that we hold the same high expectations for all students, regardless of their gender, race, ethnicity, and socio-economic background. It requires leadership, practices, and school culture that guarantee educators help all students meet those expectations. The work of educators is not to lower the bar; it’s to provide all students with the support they need to reach and exceed the bar so they’re prepared for college, career, or life.
Equity and equality are different.
Equality suggests providing every student with the same experience. Equity means working to overcome the historical legacy of discrimination, marginalization, and underinvestment that disadvantages specific groups of people, especially defined by race. Equity requires providing support tailored to the specific needs of students.
Although true educational equity remains a distant goal, making progress towards it is a core motivating value for ANet.
Read about how we and our school partners work to advance equity:
- How one ANet team member found the courage to call out bias and pushed educators to consider their role in working toward or against educational equity for their students.
- Principal Kimberly Phillips describes how her school creates equity through rich math tasks.
- One challenge is that students may be several years behind grade-level. Here's a strategy to engage students in grade-level math while simultaneously filling gaps.
- MAS Charter School in Albuquerque sees leader and teacher learning as a tool to achieve educational equity for its students.
- ANet team member Molly Depasquale recalls the jarring inequities in her local community and shares how she combats inequity as a parent and as an educator.
- ANet CEO Mora Segal appeared on The Education Conversation with Ryan Knight to discuss how individuals and organizations create change in education.
Thinking big picture
Here’s another version of the equality/equity visual that has helped so many people think about this issue. Beyond clarifying the distinction between those two terms, this version addresses the broader social justice context and goals that motivate our work.
Read an interesting article on the history of this meme by its creator here.