EdWeek: Having Just One Teacher of Same Race Makes Huge Impact

November 15, 2018 • Zach DiSchiano

Black students are 13 percent more likely to go to college if they have just one teacher who looks like them by the time they reach third grade.

If they have two, that number jumps to 32 percent.

These statistics come from a John Hopkins University study that also found a low-income black student’s probability of dropping out of high school is reduced by 29 percent if he or she has one black teacher in grades 3-5.

Researchers identified a few potential reasons for the sizeable impact on the success of black students and found black teachers:

  • tend to have higher expectations of black students than white teachers
  • serve as a role model for black students
  • engage in culturally relevant teaching

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Zach DiSchiano is the communications specialist at TASB HR Services. Send Zach an email at zachary.dischiano@tasb.org.

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