All students can benefit from a focus on equity because an equitable school system is one that works to address the needs of each individual child.
We have developed the following definition for equity:
Educational equity is raising the achievement of all students while:
- narrowing the gaps between the highest- and lowest-performing students; and
- eliminating the racial predictability and disproportionality of which student groups occupy the highest and lowest achievement categories
Equity is far more than a state of being or an abstract ideal. Rather, it is an operational principle that enables educators to provide whatever level of support is needed to whichever students require it. In the classroom, this means providing each and every student with what each individually needs to learn and succeed.
Equity is not a guarantee that all students will succeed. Rather, it assures that all students will have the opportunity and support to succeed.
From: Courageous Conversations about Race by Glenn Singleton and Curtis Linton
Published by: Corwin Press