Just Equations is a project of the Opportunity Institute that is re-conceptualizing the role of math in ensuring equal educational opportunities for students.
A growing body of evidence points to the need and potential for redesigned math policies that reduce, rather than reinforce, inequities in K-16 education. At stake is not just math learning, but the broader architecture of opportunity that is shaped by math requirements. When educational requirements are arbitrary, outdated, or unfounded, they create barriers rather than gateways to students’ success.
The foundation for Just Equations was laid over the last five years in a series of reports and related work by founder Pamela Burdman, including:
- Quantitative Leap
A summit and policy brief produced by LearningWorks, 2015
- Degrees of Freedom
A three part report series published by PACE and LearningWorks, 2015
- Changing Equations: How Community Colleges are Re-Thinking College Readiness in Math
Policy brief published by LearningWorks, 2013
- Where to Begin? The Evolving Role of Placement Exams for Students Starting College
Policy brief published by Jobs for the Future, 2012