Education Report Roundup

Teacher Quality Seen as Unequal for Poor

By Vaishali Honawar — June 13, 2006 1 min read

“Teaching Inequality: How Poor and Minority Students Are Shortchanged on Teacher Quality” is available from The Education Trust.

Poor and minority children are assigned, on average, to teachers with less experience, less education, and fewer skills than those who teach other children, a report says.

Released June 8 by the Education Trust, a Washington-based research and advocacy group, the study collected teacher-distribution data from three states—Ohio, Illinois, and Wisconsin—and their three largest school systems: Cleveland, Chicago, and Milwaukee.

In each case, the researchers found large differences between the qualifications of teachers in the highest-poverty and highest-minority schools and teachers serving in schools with few minority and low-income students. They also found striking differences in students’ readiness for college depending on the quality of teachers in their schools.

A version of this article appeared in the June 14, 2006 edition of Education Week