Equity & Diversity Collection

The Changing Demographics of America's Schools

New Faces, New Challenges

This school year, America’s schools are projected to reach a demographic milestone: For the first time, a majority of students in K-12 schools will be children of color. This special story package examines what that means for educators, students, and the school community.

New Faces, New Challenges, Your Thoughts

If this demographic transition has already occurred, or is occurring, in your school, we want to hear from you. Please send us stories, anecdotes, and reflections on how the new racial demographics are playing out in your schools and what these changes mean to you. Your input could be part of a future Education Week project on demographic changes in the nation’s schools.

Jim D. Rollins, Superintendent, Springdale, Ark.
“'Teach them all' was the driving force in 1980. It continues to be the driving force today.” —<b>Jim D. Rollins, Superintendent, Springdale, Ark.</b>
Equity & Diversity Q&A: An Arkansas School District's Response to Population Change
Springdale, Ark., Superintendent Jim D. Rollins shares lessons from his district’s rapid transition to a majority-minority school system.
Denisa R. Superville, August 19, 2014
7 min read
Equity & Diversity Voices From Inside a School With No Racial Majority
In this audio story, educators and students share their experiences at Valley Point Middle School, in Dalton, Ga., where, as of last school year, white students no longer make up the majority.
August 19, 2014
Equity & Diversity Infographics: A New Majority in K-12 Schools
The 2014-15 academic year is projected to be the first in which African-American, Asian, Latino, and Native American students together will outnumber non- Hispanic whites in K-12 public schools.
August 19, 2014
Equity & Diversity Timeline: Marking Demographic Changes in Schools
The demographic transformation of American classrooms was not unexpected. This timeline tracks changes in U.S. immigration laws.
August 19, 2014
Students chat in an 8th grade social studies class at Valley Point Middle School in Dalton, Ga. The school’s enrollment shifted to a majority of nonwhite students last school year.
Students chat in an 8th grade social studies class at Valley Point Middle School in Dalton, Ga. The school’s enrollment shifted to a majority of nonwhite students last school year.
Shawn Poynter for Education Week
Equity & Diversity U.S. School Enrollment Hits Majority-Minority Milestone
For the first time, the overall number of Latino, African-American, and Asian students in public K-12 schools is expected to surpass the number of non-Hispanic white students.
Lesli A. Maxwell, August 19, 2014
11 min read

Vol. 34, Issue 01