The National Equity Standards
Fostering maximum development of individual potential is what educational equity is all about. Designing plans and programs to enhance the achievement of all students, however, can be a daunting task. Fortunately, the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity has identified a set of ten essential system-building standards that can provide an equity compass for our schools.
The ten standards have been designed to ensure that when used collectively, equity permeates all aspects of the schooling process. They are most effective when integrated with existing academic and career development standards, but they can also be used as part of a school improvement plan focusing on those factors that support success for all students.
Each standard is accompanied by a series of indicators: specific elements essential to meeting that standard. Where appropriate, content standards for student knowledge and skill development have also been included. Thanks to the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity for this invaluable resource for schools committed to educational equity.
- Educational environments are created that honor diversity and respect the individual
- Educational leaders assure equity in governance
- Preservice and in-service education equips faculty, administrators, and staff with the skills needed to teach and work with diverse student populations and communities
- Fair and impartial teaching practices are incorporated into classrooms to facilitate the academic achievement of all students
- Fair and impartial assessment practices are incorporated into classrooms and testing programs
- Curricula and personnel are evaluated to ensure that issues of equity and diversity are consistently addressed
- Data on student achievement and programs is collected and evaluated to ensure that all groups benefit from educational practices and policies
- The entire learning curriculum is available to all students through comprehensive, individualized planning and course selection
- Financial resources, facilities, and staffing are allocated in ways that provide opportunity and success for all students
- Parents/caregivers, community organizations, business/industry, and schools work together as partners to promote academic achievement and inclusive learning environments