Equity in education means:
- all students receive equality of educational benefit; and
- all students experience a supportive, inclusive learning environment.
Education is often the key to personal fulfillment and success. Education equity plans help educational institutions address the gaps, barriers and systemic discrimination that prevent certain groups of students from receiving equal benefits from the educational system. By helping all Saskatchewan students achieve their full potential, education equity plans benefit the province as a whole.
Education equity has an employment equity component, because educational institutions with approved plans may use preferential measures to increase their proportion of Aboriginal teachers and non-teaching staff.
Quantitative indicators of success may include graduation rates and the representation of equity group members in teaching and non-teaching positions. Qualitative indicators may include the educational experience of equity groups, or success at overcoming racism and other obstacles.