The Equity Index
Providing critical transparency and accountability to help inform decision-making for all New Orleans students.
The educational policies, practices, and programs necessary to:
(a) eliminate educational barriers based on gender, race/ethnicity, national origin, color, disability, age, or other protected status; and
(b) provide equal educational opportunities to ensure that historically underserved or underrepresented populations meet the same excellent standards for academic performance expected of all students.
In New Orleans,
of children live in poverty
of public school students qualify for free or reduced lunch
young people ages 16 to 24 are not in school or working
Policies, practices, and programs all contribute to the creation and institutionalization of persistent imbalances of power and privilege in education. Public school systems can perpetuate inequity by denying students access to quality educational opportunities and choices based on their race, class, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, language, and disability.
Eradicating education inequity is possible. Reaching education equity requires an intentional, persistent, and ongoing effort that includes the voices, experiences, and solutions of all members of our community—particularly those who are most marginalized.
Equity Index Project
Using school equity-related data, the Equity Index measures and reports on the component parts of educational equity in New Orleans. By improving transparency and accountability around practices and policies throughout the public school system, we can empower decisions about education and advocate for a more equitable environment for our students.
The New Orleans Equity Index is a partnership between Orleans Public Education Network, Converge for Change, and the Louisiana Center for Children's Rights, with generous funding from Baptist Community Ministries.