Navigating EdEquityVA – Virginia’s Roadmap to Equity

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To push for excellence today without continuing to push for access for less privileged students is to undermine the crucial but incomplete gains that have been made. Equity and excellence cannot be divided.”  -American Education scholar  Earnest Boyer

Navigating EdEquityVA – Virginia’s Roadmap to Equity

The Office of Equity and Community Engagement is pleased to present the Commonwealth’s Education Equity Framework, Navigating EdEquityVA – Virginia’s Road Map to Equity (PDF). The comprehensive guidance document outlines the Commonwealth’s shared education equity priorities and advances tools and resources that support local school divisions. With a focus on centering equity through cultural competency and the elimination of opportunity gaps, the framework affirms the Virginia Department of Education’s commitment to dismantle any and all forms of inequity in Virginia’s public education system.

Navigating EdEquityVA – Virginia’s Road Map to Equity includes the following tools and resources to support education leaders:

Virginia is for ALL Learners Equity Commitments

Establish Equity Goals

The Commonwealth is committed to ensuring that its public education system is positioned to achieve equitable academic outcomes for ALL students. Virginia has developed a clear definition and vision of education equity, which includes establishing and reporting on measurable goals that support closing student achievement gaps and advancing academic rigor for all students.

#EdEquityVA is defined as our commitment to eliminating the predictability of student outcomes based on race, gender, zip code, ability, socio-economic status, and/or languages spoken at home. This vision of equity requires that students have access to high quality learning programs that enable them to maximize their potential.   

The Office of Equity and Community Engagement leads these statewide efforts and is strategically focused on the following priorities: 

1. Increasing the Cultural Competency of Virginia’s Educator Workforce
2. Eliminating Disproportionality In Student Outcome Data
3. Closing Opportunity Gaps Among Marginalized Student Groups

Focus on Teaching & Leading

Virginia is working to advance the cultural competencies of its existing teachers and education leaders and prioritize increasing the diversity of its educator workforce. This includes ensuring that all students experience culturally responsive learning environments. To maximize the potential of all students, Virginia must ensure that all students have access to high quality teachers and school leadership.

Curriculum & Instruction

Virginia is working to ensure that every student experiences high quality instruction based on rigorous curriculum that prepares them for the future. Additionally, Virginia will ensure open and equitable access to instructional resources for teachers and learning resources for students.

Resourcing Schools

In partnership with the Board of Education, Virginia will apply an equity lens to how schools are resourced through the Virginia Standards of Quality (PPT). The Standards of Quality (SOQs) set the minimum expectations for Virginia schools including student to staff ratios and maximum class sizes and determines the funding provided to local schools from the state. To provide all students with the supports and resources they need to succeed, Virginia will continue to focus attention on increasing its ranks of student support staff, such as counselors, nurses, and school psychologists.

#EdEquityVA Initiatives

Together with partners across the state and in the Governor’s office, our #EdEquityVA vision is both strategic and intentionally focused on establishing equity targets, measuring equity outcomes, providing tailored assistance to schools and school leaders, and implementing systemic policy and regulatory changes. 

The Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Equity and Community Engagement is charged with leading state efforts to advance education equity, eliminate achievement gaps and increase opportunity, and decrease disproportionality in student outcomes. These efforts are collectively known as #EdEquityVA and include the following initiatives:

Join the conversation and follow our equity work via our twitter by using and searching our hashtag #EdEquityVA on twitter!

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