Equity

Education news, analysis, and opinion about the fair distribution of opportunities for all students
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Student Achievement Opinion A Brief History of Grading—and What That Means for Schools Today
Modern grading emerged at the turn of the 20th century and may be ripe for a rethink.
Rick Hess, July 23, 2024
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Classroom Technology 1 in 3 College Applicants Used AI for Essay Help. Did They Cheat?
Generative AI tools like ChatGPT have put a high-tech twist on decades-old questions of fairness in the college admissions process.
Alyson Klein, July 18, 2024
8 min read
U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona speaks at the agency's Seal of Biliteracy Summit on June 24, 2024 in Washington, D.C. The gathering celebrated the special designation on high school diplomas that recognize students' bilingualism.
U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona speaks at the agency's Seal of Biliteracy Summit on June 24, 2024 in Washington, D.C. The gathering celebrated the special designation on high school diplomas that recognize students' bilingualism.
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English Learners Students Nationwide Can Earn a Seal of Biliteracy. How It Can Be More Accessible
All 50 states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation to formalize a seal that celebrates students' bilingualism.
Ileana Najarro & Isaiah Hayes, June 27, 2024
4 min read
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Equity & Diversity Opinion Enrollment Down. Achievement Lackluster. Should This School Close?
An equity researcher describes how coming district-reorganization decisions can help preserve Black communities in central cities.
Francis A. Pearman, June 26, 2024
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Teaching Opinion 'More Inclusive Policies,' What Teachers Say They Want
When restrictions are placed on instruction, students lose out.
Larry Ferlazzo, June 26, 2024
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Classroom Technology 3 Tips for Using Tech to Meet All Students' Needs
Technology is everywhere in most classrooms, but equitable access to it for all students still isn’t a reality.
Lauraine Langreo, June 25, 2024
2 min read
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Student Achievement Opinion Does Getting Rid of the 'Zero' Fuel Grade Inflation?
Not everyone thinks this student grading practice is a good idea, including some researchers and educators.
Rick Hess, June 25, 2024
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Students at Mount Vernon Library in Raleigh, N.C., pose with free books after their book fair. School librarian Julia Stivers started the free book fair eight years ago, in an effort to make the traditional book fair more equitable. Alternative versions of book fairs have been cropping up as a way to help students' build their own personal library, without the costs associated with traditional book fair models.
Students at Mount Vernon Library in Raleigh, N.C., pose with free books after their book fair. School librarian Julia Stivers started the free book fair eight years ago, in an effort to make the traditional book fair more equitable. Alternative versions of book fairs have been cropping up as a way to help students' build their own personal library, without the costs associated with traditional book fair models.
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Equity & Diversity School Librarians Are Creating Free Book Fairs. Here's How
School librarians are turning to free book fairs in an effort to get more books to children in poverty.
Brooke Schultz, June 24, 2024
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Equity & Diversity Download Want to Start Your Own Free Book Fair? Here's How You Can Get Started
Book fairs may shut out families in poverty. Here's how some school librarians are making free versions.
Brooke Schultz & Gina Tomko, June 24, 2024
1 min read
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Classroom Technology AI and Equity, Explained: A Guide for K-12 Schools
Educators need to be aware that AI technology is only as good as the data it’s been trained on. That data often reflects society's biases.
Alyson Klein, June 20, 2024
12 min read
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Equity & Diversity Opinion We Can End Academic Tracking Fast—Or We Can Do It Right
Eliminating ability grouping can give students better opportunities, but teachers must be ready to get students to grade-level standards.
Miriam Plotinsky, June 14, 2024
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Special Education How to Make Gifted Programs More Equitable
Experts discussed new, equitable models for advanced education, moving away from traditional "gifted and talented" programs.
Annie Goldman, June 13, 2024
6 min read
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Equity & Diversity How 9 Leaders Think About Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Their Schools
District and school leaders share their take on DEI and what it means for all students to experience inclusion and belonging.
6 min read
Topeka, Kansas, USA: Afternoon sun shines on the school at the center of the Brown v Board of Education legal decision that ended educational segregation.
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Equity & Diversity Opinion When Did We Become Disillusioned With Desegregation?
Forty years ago, the civil rights attorney and professor Derrick Bell diagnosed where the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education went wrong.
Mary Hendrie, May 30, 2024
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