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Equity in Education

Closing gaps in education access and success based on things like gender, race, income

Education Subcategories

What is education inequity?

Education inequity is when certain students, usually those from lower-income backgrounds, do not have access to the same educational resources as those from higher-income backgrounds or from a certain racial or ethnic group. This type of inequity can lead to disparities in academic achievement, access to additional learning opportunities, college preparation and admissions, and even career opportunities. Inequity in the educational system stems from underfunding of certain schools, lack of quality teachers and instruction, and unequal access to technology and other resources. To learn more, the U.S. Department of Education has a comprehensive overview of equity in education, including definitions, goals, and strategies for implementation. 

Why is equity in education important?

Lack of equity in education is problematic because it perpetuates inequality and limits opportunity for underserved communities. Without equity, students in communities with lower socioeconomic status, students of color, and students with disabilities have less access to important educational resources such as high-quality teachers, supplies, and technology. This lack of access can lead to higher dropout rates and fewer students attending college, which limits the ability of individuals to access higher-paying jobs and inhibits their social mobility contributing to multigenerational cycles of poverty and inequality. 

How is technology being used to help address inequity in education?

Data scientists, designers, software engineers and other tech workers are helping address education inequity by leveraging data and technology to identify gaps in educational access. They use data analytics to analyze and understand patterns of inequity and develop systems that can monitor and intervene when inequity is present. Additionally, they can create data-driven tools to help students identify and access educational opportunities that may have previously been unavailable to them. Software engineers and designers are creating applications and platforms that provide students with access to virtual tutoring, educational resources, and other learning opportunities.

Equity in Education Organizations

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UP Partnership

Using a collective impact model, we bring leaders together to design solutions for students. Each partner brings their own resources, expertise and data to make sure we look at the full picture of a student’s experience when making policies. Our policy and strategy decisions are based on shared data that’s broken down by race, ethnicity, gender, geography, and income.
Human Rights & Equality
Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development
Partners & Advocates
San Antonio, TX, USA
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Khan Academy
1 open tech role

We’re a nonprofit with the mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.
Palo Alto, CA, USA
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Institute of International Education

The IIE proudly supports flagship educational and cultural exchange programs on behalf of the U.S. Departments of State and Defense, in addition to government, corporate and foundation programs.
New York, NY, USA
Washington D.C., DC, USA
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Code.org is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities.
Seattle, WA, USA

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Director of Data & Analytics
Summer Search
Remote (US) - $122K - $136K
Human Rights & Equality
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Summer Search has set an objective to become a more data driven organization so all members of our staff and boards have seamless, secure access to the most current and accurate data, information, an…

Posted 3 weeks ago
Senior Product Manager, AI/Teachers
Khan Academy
Mountain View, CA/Remote (USA) - $130K - $160K


Khan Academy is a nonprofit on a mission to provide a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere. We already reach millions of students every month and are growing rapidly. W…

Posted 3 weeks ago
Product Development Director, School Performance
NY Department of Education
Remote (USA) - $110K - $126K

Position Summary: As part of the Department of Education’s (DOE) Office of the First Deputy Chancellor, the Office of School Performance (OSP) produces important reports and data tools to help …

Posted 2 weeks ago
Product Designer
Remote (USA) - $87K - $150K
Human Rights & Equality
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Why Mozilla?

Mozilla Corporation is the non-profit-backed technology company behind pioneering brands like Firefox,…

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VP of Engineering, Pocket
Remote (USA) - $319K - $375K
Human Rights & Equality
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Pocket is a part of the Mozilla product family. Pocket empowers people to discover, organize, consume, and share conte…

Posted 3 weeks ago
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