Study: Black Students More Likely to Graduate if They Have One Black Teacher

Correlation between student outcome and teacher’s race.

Study Link: Black Students More Likely to Graduate if They Have One Black Teacher

If a low-income black student has just one black teacher in elementary school, that student is significantly more likely to graduate high school and consider attending college, a new John Hopkins University study has found.

A low-income black student’s probability of dropping out of school is reduced by 29 percent if he or she has one black teacher in 3rd, 4th, or 5th grades. That student is also 18 percent more likely to express interest in college after graduating.

There was an even stronger effect for black boys from persistently low-income homes…