Equity Information

FHSD is focused on equity for all students.

What do we mean by equity?

Equity means making sure every student has the support they need to be successful, even if that means treating students differently based on needs. It means meeting students where they are educationally and working with them to fill educational gaps. Said another way, equality means things are the same, but equity means things are fair.

Equity does not – as some believe – guarantee equal outcomes for all students. Rather, equity provides the opportunity for all students to achieve equal outcomes. It’s a subtle difference, but an important one.

Schools have long focused on equity over equality due to the fact that treating people exactly the same can lead to unequal results.

For example, all students have the right to a public education. That is equality. Adding ADA requirements so that students with disabilities can access public education is equity. A student with a disability may need a ramp to enter a school building. Not all students need this support. However, to make sure everyone has equitable access to public education, ADA requirements are in place.

Equity in education requires putting systems in place to ensure that every student has an equal chance for success. That requires understanding the unique challenges and barriers faced by individual students or by populations of students and providing additional supports to help them overcome those barriers. While this in itself may not ensure equal outcomes, it helps ensure that every child has equal opportunity for success. And that’s why equity is, and will be, a key focus for FHSD.

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