The effects of racial and ethnic teacher bias on student achievement

The effects of racial and ethnic teacher bias on student achievement
By Chris Yaluma
A study in the April edition of the Social Science Research journal investigated teacher bias and its profound effects on student achievement. It finds that math teachers have less positive perceptions of the academic abilities of Latino and black students, compared to white students, even after accounting for other variables, such as family’s socioeconomic status, gender, age, standardized math and reading scores, parental involvement, and teacher demographics. The same is true in English language arts for black, Latino, and Asian students, compared to white pupils. Worse, underestimations of both math and English teachers lowered the tenth-grade GPAs for all students, regardless of race or ethnicity. In other words, teacher bias is detrimental to all students. Read more.

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