Despite decades of efforts to reduce segregation and unequal resources in schools, educational opportunity and achievement gaps based on race, national origin, and socioeconomic class have endured. Inclusive, high-quality schools that ensure all children have opportunities to learn and thrive are necessary to overcome these historical and contemporary social and educational inequities.
Research-informed policies and practices that support access and opportunity for all students include the following:
- financial and other school resources that are adequate and equitably distributed
- teachers who are fully prepared and supported throughout their careers
- school leaders who are also fully prepared to address the academic and social-emotional needs of students and teachers
- college- and career-ready curriculum focused on deeper learning that is high quality and available to all students
- learning resources and instructional materials that enable students to succeed in the 21st century, including computers and other modern technology
- support services that ensure students’ health and well-being