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In an increasingly diverse global education landscape, culturally responsive teaching (CRT) is vital for equitable learning. CRT involves recognizing and incorporating students' cultural backgrounds in teaching practices. While current discussions emphasize the need for diverse role models and experiences in classrooms, a crucial aspect often overlooked is the development of culturally responsive assessment and evaluation practices. Education systems and teachers must adapt assessment strategies to boost student success. The imbalance between student and teacher diversity underscores the necessity of attracting a more representative demographic of teachers. Targeted recruitment efforts, enrollment targets, and specialized programs for underrepresented groups are strategies to enhance teacher diversity. However, with changing student demographics, providing relevant cultural training and professional development for teachers becomes imperative. Such training should move beyond traditional multicultural education, adopting a multi-dimensional approach that integrates content from diverse cultures and examines how cultural identity impacts learning. The importance of assessment literacy, the ability to use assessment to support learning, is highlighted. Assessment, traditionally used as a measure of final learning, should be incorporated throughout learning stages to provide meaningful feedback. Teachers need culturally responsive frameworks for fair assessment, emphasizing the need to combine CRT with attention to responsive assessment practices. Without addressing assessment practices, CRT's success in creating inclusive classrooms may be limited.
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