Dimensions of Equity

No two children are alike.

Parents and teachers understand this intuitively. And they respond by working to provide the right combination of supports at the right time to meet each child’s unique needs so they can achieve their biggest dreams.

Schools and systems can do this too — and many do every day. Our framework includes 10 dimensions to equip you — in partnership with other education leaders and advocates — with a foundation for unlocking better, more equitable school experiences for children in your community.

It's about "How Much" and "How Well."

School systems need money — but money is not all they need. Learn about the 10 dimensions of education resource equity that can unlock better experiences for all students in school.

Explore the 10 Dimensions

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School Funding

Does each student attend school in a district that distributes funding based on the needs of its students? Does funding support all children to achieve and thrive?

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Teaching Quality & Diversity

Does each student have access to strong teachers and teaching practices that meet their needs? Do the teachers reflect the diversity of the student population?

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School Leadership Quality & Diversity

Does each student have access to strong school leadership that meets their needs? Does the school leadership reflect the diversity of the students and staff?

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Empowering, Rigorous Content

Does each student have access to high-quality and culturally relevant curriculum, advanced courses, arts, and enrichment opportunities?

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Instructional Time & Attention

Does each student who needs it receive additional instructional time and/or attention?

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Positive & Inviting School Climate

Does each student experience a safe and supportive environment, fair rules and policies, positive relationships with staff, and meaningful family engagement?

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Student Supports & Intervention

Does each student have access to the social-emotional, physical, mental health, family, and post-secondary education support they need to succeed?

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High-Quality Early Learning

Does each student have access to high-quality preschool programs?

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Learning-Ready Facilities

Does each student attend schools with safe, well-maintained facilities? Does each student have access to functioning, up-to-date equipment?

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Diverse Classrooms & Schools

Does each student attend schools and classes that are racially/ethnically and socioeconomically diverse?

Toolkit

Use our Resource Equity Toolkit to learn more, start a conversation, and take action in your community.

The Education Combination

Learn about education resource equity by discovering 10 dimensions that unlock better, more equitable experiences in school for all students.

Diagnostic Tool And Supports

Identify strengths and gaps in your school system across all 10 dimensions.

Guidebooks

Explore underlying causes of your school system’s challenges and possible actions to improve students’ experiences in school.

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