Equity Assistance Center

Six Goals of Educational Equity

Every child in each school district, of any background, should have the chance to excel. Schools must ensure that all students are on track to graduate, prepared for college.Public schools can do what they choose to educate their students within certain limits and parameters, but they are accountable for educating all learners to high academic standards and outcomes regardless of differing characteristics of those learners. To help schools and communities look together at these goals and create a plan of action, the IDRA has outlined Six Goals of Educational Equity that school personnel and communities can use as a yardstick to measure their progress and as a lightning rod to galvanize change.

See the goals below and related resources.

Six Goals of Educational Equity

Goal 1: Comparably high academic achievement and other student outcomes

As data on academic achievement and other student outcomes are disaggregated and analyzed, one sees high comparable performance for all identifiable groups of learners, and achievement and performance gaps are virtually non-existent.

Goal 2: Equitable access and inclusion

The unobstructed entrance into, involvement of and full participation of learners in schools, programs and activities within those schools.

Goal 3: Equitable treatment

Patterns of interaction between individuals and within an environment characterized by acceptance, valuing, respect, support, safety and security such that students feel challenged to become invested in the pursuits of learning and excellence without fear of threat, humiliation, danger or disregard.

Goal 4: Equitable opportunity to learn

At minimum, the creation of learning opportunities so that every child, regardless of characteristics and identified needs, is presented with the challenge to reach high standards and are given the requisite pedagogical, social, emotional and psychological supports to achieve the high standards of excellence that are established.

Goal 5: Equitable resources

Funding, staffing and other resources for equity-based excellence that are manifested in the existence of equitably assigned qualified staff, appropriate facilities, other environmental learning spaces, instructional hardware and software, instructional materials and equipment, and all other instructional supports, are distributed in an equitable and fair manner such that the notion that all diverse learners must achieve high academic standards and other school outcomes become possible.

Goal 6: Accountability

The assurance that all education stakeholders accept responsibility and hold themselves and each other responsible for every learner having full access to quality education, qualified teachers, challenging curriculum, full opportunity to learn, and appropriate, sufficient support for learning so they can achieve at excellent levels in academic and other student outcomes.

Tools and Resources

One-page flier with the goals in English and Spanish.

IDRA’s tool: Six Goals of Educational Equity and School Reform – The Equity Ranking Scale

Questions for Reflection, Discussion and Action

IDRA Quality Schools Action Framework

Six Goals of Educational Equity – Podcast Episode 29

Article: “Who’s Responsible, Who’s to Blame?,” by Bradley Scott, Ph.D., IDRA Newsletter

Article: “Coming of Age,” by Bradley Scott, Ph.D., IDRA Newsletter

More IDRA Newsletter Articles on the Six Goals of Educational Equity