Equity vs. Equality

Equity in education refers to the fair allocation of resources to allow all students to succeed. Resources may include school supplies and internet access, but also the ways in which the curriculum is taught. 

Dr. Gloria Boutte, Carolina Distinguished Professor at the University of South Carolina, and Jarvais Jackson, Senior Director of the Center for the Education and Equity of African American Students at USC, say working toward equity means ensuring all students have access to programs and services offered by their schools. Educators can design lesson plans to incorporate their students’ cultures and personal interests as a way to more fully engage them in the classroom.

As each student and school district has different needs, it is important to differentiate between equity and equality.