Education can prepare children for rewarding careers, long-term financial security, good citizenship, and a life of learning. It is commonly referred to as the great equalizer with the promise of upward social mobility and equal education was declared a right by the Supreme Court in 1964 in the Brown v.  Board of Education case.[1],[2] Although education has the promise of equalizing, inequity in public education threatens this promise. Ensuring equity is important as education influences a host of other social spheres. To understand educational equity, this report presents data on school enrollment of 3-and 4-year-olds, public school students’ proficiency in math and language arts, English language learners/multilingual students English language proficiency, (ELL), suspensions, and high school graduation.

  1. Growe, R. & Montgomery, P.S. (2003). Educational Equity in America: Is Education the Great Equalizer? Professional Educator 25(2)23-29.
  2. Thompson, D.L. & Thompson, S. (2018). Educational Equity and Quality in K-12 Schools: Meeting the Needs of All Students. Journal for the Advancement of Educational Research International. 12(1)34-46.
Updated February 7, 2024