'Teacher Diversity Revisited: A New State-by-State Analysis'

'Teacher Diversity Revisited: A New State-by-State Analysis'

The demographic divide between elementary and secondary school teachers and their students continues to widen, with teachers of color accounting for just 18 percent of educators nationwide, a report from the Center for American Progress finds. The report, Teacher Diversity Revisited: A New State-by-State Analysis (10 pages, PDF), found that the gap was widest in California, where 29 percent of teachers and 73 percent of students are non-white, and Nevada, where 19 percent of teachers and 61 percent of students were non-white. In addition, district-level data for California, Florida, and Massachusetts revealed gaps as wide as 76 percentage points between Latino teachers and students and a 50 percentage points between African-American teachers and students. Since students of color have better academic outcomes when they are taught by teachers of color, the report argues, states should do more to fund teacher prep programs, outreach efforts to college students of color who may be thinking about becoming teachers, and programs that provide students of color with a variety of supports, including mentorships, practicums, and financial incentives.