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ERIC Number: EJ891880
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0002-4805
How Unequal Are Their Vertical Equity Measures? A Comparison of Three Canadian Provinces
Li, Xiaobin
Alberta Journal of Educational Research, v56 n2 p218-230 Sum 2010
The purpose of this study was to compare the foundation allocation and three special allocations for special-needs students, ESL students, and students with low socioeconomic status in Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia to see what these special allocations look like as vertical equity measures. Because stronger measures are needed if educational equality of opportunity is the goal, measuring how strong vertical equity efforts are is a highly relevant topic. The data were obtained from ministries of education. The data were analyzed and compared to understand the similarities and differences in their equity measures. The results indicate that although Ontario provides the least in the pupil foundation allocation, it provides more assistance through two allocations: the ESL allocation and the allocation for low socioeconomic status students. The possible implications of the differences in the foundation allocation and the special allocations are discussed.
University of Alberta, Faculty of Education. 845 Education Centre South, Edmonton, AB T6G 2G5, Canada. Tel: 780-492-7941; Fax: 780-492-0236; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada