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ERIC Number: ED564608
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher Diversity Revisited: A New State-by-State Analysis
Boser, Ulrich
Center for American Progress
In 2011, a study by the Center for American Progress (CAP) found that the demographics of the teacher workforce had not kept up with student demographics and showed that students of color made up more than 40 percent of the school-age population. In contrast, teachers of color were only 17 percent of the teaching force. Since this time, the nation has only grown more diverse. Therefore, the authors decided to revisit the issue of teacher diversity, and calculated again their groundbreaking "Teacher Diversity Index," an approach pioneered in the 2011 study that ranks states on the percentage-point difference between teachers of color and students of color. For the current analysis, the authors relied on data from the 2012 Schools and Staffing Survey, a nationally representative survey of teachers and principals administered every four years by the National Center for Education Statistics. They also relied on 2011 data from the Common Core of Data, which is also administered by the National Center for Education Statistics. And for the first time, they looked at teacher diversity within some select states. Findings include: (1) The gap between teachers and students of color continues to grow; (2) Almost every state has a significant diversity gap; (3) When looking across racial and ethnic backgrounds, the Hispanic teacher population had larger demographic gaps relative to students; and (4) Diversity gaps are large within districts. An appendix contains tabular data on teacher demographics by state and race. [For "Teacher Diversity Matters: A State-by-State Analysis of Teachers of Color" (2011), see ED535665.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for American Progress
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Schools and Staffing Survey (NCES)