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One African-American teacher can improve outcomes for black students

from U.S. News & World Report

Having at least one black teacher in elementary school significantly increases the chances that low-income black students graduate high school and consider attending college — and, for poor black boys, it decreases the risk of dropping out by nearly 40 percent. The finding, from the IZA Institute of Labor Economics, headlined a study looking at the long-term impact of students taught by teachers of the same race. The researchers studied approximately 100,000 black students who enrolled in third grade in North Carolina's public schools between 2001 and 2005 and found that the risk of dropping out for black students decreased by 29 percent if they had at least one black teacher in third through fifth grades. And for persistently low-income black boys, the risk decreased by 39 percent. more


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