Equity and Excellence in Maine Schools

Curriculum Audits

 

What and how we teach are powerful tools that can either build equity and inclusiveness or limit it. We as individuals can strive to foster a personal mindset of equity-mindedness while collectively creating classroom and school structures and cultures that support equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Curriculum audits can be used for any number of purposes: alignment with accreditation standards, vertical alignment across grade levels, and/or coverage and alignment with testing and assessments. Below is a visual of a generic ongoing curriculum audit process from chalk.com

 

Curriculum equity audits should be part of a system for change. The audits are tools for a systematic review of the data available. Many constituents representing different roles should be part of the process of developing the purpose for the audit, selecting or adapting the audit tools, examining the results, and developing and implementing an equity improvement plan.   

For examining curriculum, it is often recognized as two part: the explicit curriculum and the hidden or implicit curriculum.  The explicit curriculum are the readings, textbooks, syllabi, and assessments. The hidden curriculum are the values and norms that underlie the classroom culture through the teacher choice of instructional strategies, behavior expectations, and policies. 

The tools curated here all have diversity, equity, and inclusion as the focus of the curriculum audit. 

 

Explicit Curriculum - Examining Syllabi, Readings, & Assessments

Hidden, or Implicit, Curriculum - Examining Classroom Culture, Instructional Strategies, Values, and Norms