Education Report Roundup

Teacher-Quality Gap Examined in Texas

By Mary C. Breaden — February 12, 2008 1 min read

Low-income, African-American, and Hispanic students in the 50 largest districts in Texas are less likely to attend schools with experienced teachers than high-income and white students in those same districts, concludes a report by the Education Trust, a Washington-based nonprofit research and advocacy organization.

More than a third of the teachers in large districts who teach at schools with the highest percentage of low-income students lack full certification in the subjects they teach, the study found. In addition, it notes that students attending the highest-minority schools in Austin, the state capital, are twice as likely to be taught by a novice teacher than students at wealthier schools with much smaller percentages of minority students.

The report used data from the U.S. Census Bureau and other sources.

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A version of this article appeared in the February 13, 2008 edition of Education Week