About this assessment:
Early in 2018, a coalition of three educational equity nonprofit organizations (i.e., Discriminology, Village of Wisdom, and We are) and eight community development financial institutions (i.e., Self-Help, Capital Impact Partners, LISC, Reinvestment Fund, LIIF, Boston Community Capital, NFF, IFF) that lend to charter schools embarked on a process to develop a Racial Equity Matrix (REM) designed to assess a school’s institutional commitment to supporting equitable learning environments.
By evaluating a school’s racial equity practices across 10 research-based indicators each with 3-4 sub-indicators, the REM assessment is a significant step forward in providing educational stakeholders with a conceptual framework for assessing a schoools tangible commitment to equity.
- Equity Focus Areas: Parent Engagement, Mindful Discipline, Culturally Relevant Curricula, Student Recruitment, Social Justice Curricula, Academic Pathways, Equitable Honors & AP, Equitable Assessments, Social-Emotional Support, and Teacher Recruitment
- Institutional Commitments: Leadership Accountability, Support Strategies, Incentives, and Data Collection
Likert scale examples used in this assessment:
- Strongly Disagree = Category does not apply to this school
- Disagree = Category is in very early stages, has not been implemented with fidelity, and/or has not been successful
- Undecided = Existence and success of category is unclear, need more information, and/or school is unsure
- Agree = Category has had some intial success, is off to a good start, school is excited and commitied to improving, some evidence to support the success of this category
- Strongly Agree = Category has been highly successful, is robust and well thought out, strong evidence to support the success of this subcategory
REM Question Bank (Excel/Google sheet)
Frequently Asked Questions
REM Screening Tool v1.5
REM Literature Review