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Equitable Access

One of NVUSD's goals is to provide equitable access and opportunities, and close the Achievement Gap.

In order to assure that every student in this district has access to and the opportunity to learn 21st century skills, the district must assure that every school reflects the diverse community in which we live; including the diversity of student learning levels and ability, economic status, culture and ethnicity, and that every teacher and principal is prepared to provide the 21st century skills to every learner within their school.


Equality vs. Equity example

Examples of Equity

Chocolate and Shoes

If you are the teacher of a class and have been given the task of distributing chocolates to all the kids equally, what you will do is to divide the total number of chocolates you have by the total number of students in your class and arrive at the number to be given to each child. This is what is denoted by the concept of equality. But if you ask all your students to take off their shoes, mix them up and then throw two shoes at each student, though you have done no injustice and given two shoes to each child thereby following the concept of equality, you find every child complaining. Why, because no shoe is now fitting the feet of the children. Some have large feet and have got smaller shoes while those having small feet have got bigger shoes causing discontent among them.

A Turkey Dinner

An example, which would bring out the principal difference between equity and equality, would be how a turkey may be carved up at a family’s dinner table. Equality would mean that everybody -- father, mother and children – would get a piece of the same size. Equity, on the other hand, would mean that they take the sensible option, and divide it according to their needs, i.e. larger sized pieces for the adult and smaller pieces for the children.

Examples of Using Equality and Equity in the Classroom


When they raise their hands to answer a question, call on boys and girls and children of all races as equally as you can without letting it distract you from the task at hand, teaching. Don't stereotype tasks as being feminine or masculine. Assign girls to do tasks that were traditionally masculine and boys to do tasks that were traditionally feminine. Encourage girls to do well in math and science and boys to shine at reading and writing.


Provide extra school supplies to the children whose families can't afford them when you can. Have extra snacks available for those students who forget theirs.