Tapestry: Journal of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in Education

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All across the U.S. student populations are evolving to reflect the increase in diversity. These students are culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse in nature (CLED). Apart from the health field, cultural competence has not been widely assessed in the education field. A purposeful sample of 362 K-12 teachers, who served 50% or more of CLED students, were administered the Educator Cultural Proficiency Insight Tool (ECPIT). The purpose of this research was two-fold: (a) develop and validate the ECPIT and (b) examine the demographic differences regarding levels of cultural proficiency of current educators. Findings indicated that the ECPIT was a valid and reliable instrument, gender and school level taught influenced one’s attitudes, beliefs, and expectations of student learning, and race/ethnicity, educational level, and school level taught influenced one’s recognition of racism.