Culturally Responsive Curriculum Scorecard

The Culturally Responsive Curriculum Scorecard was designed by The NYU Metro Center to help parents, teachers, students, and community members determine the extent to which their schools’ English Language Arts curricula are (or are not) culturally responsive. We hope that this tool will provoke thinking about how students should learn, what they should learn, and how curriculum can be transformed to engage students effectively.
To create this tool, we drew upon a wide variety of existing resources, including multicultural rubrics, anti-bias rubrics, textbook rubrics, and rubrics aimed at creating cultural standards for educators, determining bias in children books and examining lesson plans (ADEED, 2012; Aguilar-Valdez, 2015; Grant & Sleeter, 2003; Lindsey et al, 2008; NCCRES, 2006; Rudman, 1984; World View, 2013). We supplemented those with additional questions to provide a more comprehensive tool.

We have designed this scorecard so that it can be customized to your context and conditions. Completing the entire document will give you the most comprehensive analysis of how culturally responsive your curriculum is. If you don’t have the time or capacity to do that, you can complete an individual section and get a more limited assessment. We designed this specifically with K through eighth grade English Language Arts curricula in mind, but feel free to try it with other grades and subjects as well. If your school doesn’t have a set curriculum, you can also use this tool to assess the diversity of the school or classroom library.

Click here to download a pdf of the scorecard. (En Español)

Click here to share your results after you have finished scoring. 

Click here for guidance on steps to take after you have scored your curriculum.


Photos of parents from NYC Coalition for Educational Justice using the Culturally Responsive Curriculum Scorecard to analyze curriculum used in New York City schools.

EJ-ROC at the NYU Metro Center conducted a demographic analysis of 15 commonly-used English Language Arts curriculum and booklists from 3-K and Pre-K through 8th grade, and found that White authors and characters are wildly over-represented in proportion to the student population. Of the 1,205 books we analyzed, 1,003 books were by white authors yet white students represent only 15% of NYC’s student population. This is nearly five times more books than by all authors of color combined.

Representation of Authors and Human Cover Characters in K-5th Grade

Representation of Authors and Human Cover Characters in 6th-8th Grade

Click here to read the full report, Diverse City, White Curriculum: The Exclusion of People of Color from English Language Arts in New York City, conducted by the NYU Metro Center and released by the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice

If you have any questions or need help with the CRC Scorecard, please email us at or tweet us @nyu_ejroc.