Data & Research
A diverse teacher workforce benefits all students. Students of color taught by at least one teacher of color in grades K-5 have increased graduation rates and improved standardized test scores (Carver-Thomas, 2018). Students who are exposed to diversity have improved cognitive skills, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills (Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), 2018). Regular interactions with a variety of racial and ethnic groups help students debunk stereotypes and reduce unconscious bias inside and outside of the classroom (CCSSO, 2018).
Despite the growing body of research that proves having racially/ethnically diverse teachers can improve outcomes for all students (Carver-Thomas, 2018), both nationally and in New Jersey, the teaching profession remains largely white (US Department of Education, 2016).
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- New Jersey students of color make up 56% of the state’s student population
- New Jersey teachers of color make up 16% of the state’s teacher workforce
- Carver-Thomas, D. (2018). Diversifying the Teaching Profession: How to Recruit and Retain Teachers of Color
- Council of Chief State School Officers (2018) A Vision and Guidance for a Diverse and Learner-Ready Teacher Workforce
- U.S. Department of Education (2016) The State of Racial Diversity in the Educator Workforce