Educational equity, or equity in education, is the study and achievement of fairness in education. The study of educational equity is often linked with the study of excellence and equity. Fairness is often equated with equality, but equity deals with accommodating and meeting the specific needs of specific individuals. Such needs-based accommodation will not result in equal treatment of all students.
Dimensions of educational equity
Educational equity has two interrelated dimensions. One is the issue of fairness, in that achievement ought to be based upon ability and application, and not on factors such as gender, socio-economic status or ethnicity. The second that all individuals have a right to basic functioning literacy and numeracy (OECD, 2007).
OECD 2007. No More Failures: Ten Steps to Equity in Education. Lead Author: Simon Field. Paris: OECD Publishing.
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