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Excellence & Equity at School Systems
A key goal in education reform is excellence and equity to build a system in which all students earn a meaningful education. These goals will break the link between gender, race, poverty and insufficient academic achievement.
Standards-based testing has forced face the facts about low achievement. Graduation requirements requiring passing rigorous tests continue to be a spur to action to address and remove those inequities.
Educational equity depends on two main factors:
The first is fairness, which implies that factors specific to one's personal conditions should not interfere with the potential of academic success.
The second important factor is inclusion, which refers to a comprehensive standard that applies to everyone in a certain education system.
These two factors are closely related and depend on each other for an educational system's success.
Designing a School System
Excellence and Equity in education is about how we develop and design our schools, classrooms, programs and activities so that all students learn and participate together.
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an educational framework based on research in the learning sciences, including cognitive neuroscience, that guides the development of flexible learning environments that can accommodate individual learning differences.
Curriculum, as defined in the UDL literature, has four parts: instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments. UDL is intended to increase access to learning by reducing physical, cognitive, intellectual, and organizational barriers to learning, as well as other obstacles. UDL principles also lend themselves to implementing inclusionary practices in the classroom.
Universal Design for Learning is a promising, research-based framework approach for improving the quality of education across grade levels and subjects for all learners.
DMI Systems excels in developing UDL Framework suitable to a specific school system.