Monday numbers: America’s staggering diversity gap between students of color and teachers of color

Monday numbers: America’s staggering diversity gap between students of color and teachers of color

- in Education, Top Story


Public school demographics in the United States are shifting, but, based on emerging national data, there’s reason to believe public schools are struggling to keep up with the changes.

The folks over at The 74 Million, a nonprofit K-12 news site, collected the data last week, and it shows exactly how far public schools have to go to adapt, particularly given the well-documented racial achievement gaps in American schools.

50% – Roughly the percentage of the American K-12 population made up of students of color in 2014-2015.

80% – Roughly the percentage of the American teaching force that is white.

25% – Roughly the percentage of the American K-12 population made up by Hispanic students.

9% – Roughly the percentage of American teachers that are Hispanic, a diversity gap of about 16 percent.

15% – The percentage of American K-12 students who are Black.

6% – The percentage of American K-12 teachers who are Black, a diversity gap of about 9%, despite research that strongly suggests a Black teacher can have a profoundly positive impact on educational outcomes for Black students.

9% – Projected “diversity gap” between Black student enrollment and Black teachers in the year 2060, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

22% – Projected diversity gap between Hispanic student enrollment and Hispanic teachers in the year 2060, an indication that researchers believe the diversity gap for Hispanic students to actually worsen.

1.5 million – Roughly the number of K-12 students in North Carolina public schools.

51% – Roughly the percentage of white public school students in North Carolina.

26% – Roughly the percentage of Black public school students in North Carolina.

14% – Roughly the percentage of Hispanic public school students in North Carolina.

3% – Roughly the percentage of Asian public school students in North Carolina.

Source: The 74 Million, The State of America’s Student-Teacher Racial Gap