Black And Latino Pupils Lack Qualified Teachers And Advanced Subjects, Data Suggests. The Civil Rights Data Collection, a federal survey of nearly every public school in the US, has released data showing deep educational disparities in schools serving predominantly Black and Latino students.
Black And Latino Pupils Lack Qualified Teachers And Advanced Subjects, Data Suggests. “We see education as the path to achieving the American dream.” “However, access to educational opportunity in this country remains unequal,” stated Education Secretary Miguel Cardona.
The data, gathered during the 2020-2021 school year, revealed that Black and Latino students are more likely to attend schools with lower percentages of certified teachers and school counselors.
About 522,000 students, or about 1% of all students, went to schools where fewer than half the teachers met all state certification requirements, with 66% of students being Black or Latino.
Students of color were more likely to be in schools with security staff but no counselor compared to their white peers. Black students and those of more than one race were 1.2 times more likely to attend those schools, while the rate was 1.4 for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders, American Indians, and Alaska Native students.
This disparity is particularly concerning given the rising rates of mental health challenges for young people.
Barriers extended to students’ access to higher level classes, which improve a student’s chances of going to college. Black and Latino students were far less likely to have access to or enroll in those classes.
Black students represented 15% of all high school students, but they comprised just 8% of students in Advanced Placement science and 6% in AP math.
Latino students represented 27% of all high school students but comprised 20% in AP science and 19% in AP math. White and Asian students, by contrast, were overrepresented in AP classes.
Advocates have been pointing out inequity in advanced course offerings for years, with research showing that low-income students and students of color are less likely to take advanced math and science courses, even in schools where AP courses are offered.
The data also revealed that students with disabilities and those learning English also faced unequal access.
The Civil Rights Data Collection is seen as an important gauge of equality in public schools, and its findings can offer a long view on efforts to close gaps.
However, data on some topics was skewed in a year upended by the pandemic, with school arrests falling from 54,000 in 2017-18 to just 8,900 in the 2021-21 year.
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