Teacher Quality Seen as Lower For Disadvantaged Students
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.