Analysis Shows Poor Students Less Likely to Have Effective Teachers

As reported by the Center for American Progress, an analysis of the newest data shows that in some areas, poor students and students of color are far less likely than others to have expert teachers.  The Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan educational institute founded to provide long-term leadership and support to the progressive movement.

As described by the Center, new educator evaluation data sheds light on the issue of education equality,

Now that some states have evaluations of teacher effectiveness based on new accountability measures, it is possible to glean information about the distribution of teachers across school demographics. We made the following findings:

  • The new evaluation data confirms previous findings—in many places, poor children and children of color are less likely to be taught by a highly effective teacher.
  • Despite the overall pattern of inequitable distribution, there are some places where excellent teachers are more evenly deployed.
  • The places with a more balanced distribution of effective teachers are where we should look to learn about the policies and practices that help give all students access to great teaching.

According to the Center for American Progress, Federal officials at the U.S. Department of Education are about to issue a new strategy to require all states to update their plans to ensure that every student has equal access to high-quality teaching.

For more information, see the Center for American Progress.