An equity task is an activity that makes mathematical instruction more equitable by improving:
- Rigor (“I do rigorous math”): Students use clear and precise mathematical language while engaging in challenging mathematical content that extends their understanding.
- Diversity (“I do math in different ways”): Students analyze different approaches and cultural contributions to mathematics.
- Identity (“I believe I can do math”): Students believe they can excel in mathematics by supporting each other while refining mathematical ideas and explaining how mathematics relates to their lives.
- Justice (“I do math to improve my community”): Students use mathematics to recommend actions that make their communities fairer.
We developed a rubric for measuring each of the four components of an equity task.
We describe how we developed the idea of equity tasks in a 2023 Edutopia article called “Incorporating Equity Tasks into Everyday Math Instruction.”
This site is maintained by Bobson Wong and Larisa Bukalov.
See our complete list of equity tasks.