Dimensions of Equity

Diverse Classrooms & Schools

The Vision

Each student is enrolled in classes that are racially/ethnically and socioeconomically diverse, so all students can reach high standards and thrive.

Sample Questions to Ask

  • What is the racial/ethnic and socioeconomic composition of our district’s enrolled students?
  • How does the racial/ethnic and socioeconomic composition of school level student enrollment compare to our district overall?
  • What is the racial and socioeconomic composition of classrooms, compared to the composition of their school?

See our DIY District Diagnostic for more examples and recommendations about the types of data to look at.

Common Causes of Inequity

  • Biased District Policies: When school assignment, zoning, choice, or transportation policies reinforce residential segregation, it can limit the opportunity for students to go to school with a diverse group of peers.
  • Limited Access to Advanced Courses: If schools have insufficient or biased systems for enrolling students in advanced coursework, it can lead to students of color and students from low-income backgrounds being tracked into lower-level courses.
  • Ineffective Scheduling Practices: School scheduling timelines and processes can limit students’ enrollment in appropriate course offerings with a diverse group of peers.

See our District Guidebook for more root causes and action steps to address inequities.

Related Dimensions

No single dimension of education resource equity can unlock every student’s potential—but when dimensions are combined to meet students’ distinct needs, they are a strong foundation for unlocking better, more equitable experiences in school.

Explore the Positive & Inviting School Climate dimension, since students need to feel safe and free from discrimination, harassment, bullying, or physical harm, especially when learning with peers from different backgrounds.


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.


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