Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Same-Race Teachers and Students in Wisconsin: Exploring Academic Achievement and Disciplinary Outcomes

Wisconsin has 828 schools with no teachers of color, and African American and Latino teachers make up less than 5 percent of teachers in almost all counties. Using administrative data collected from 2013 to 2016 for third- through eighth-grade students, this analysis could not detect a significant relationship between students having a teacher of the same race and academic and other outcomes. The report suggests that DPI conduct a natural experiment to determine the impacts of same-race teachers on students’ outcomes and interview teachers of color in Wisconsin, which could contextualize the experiences for both teachers and students.

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Additional Info

  • Volume or issue no.: Workshop in Public Affairs, PA 869, taught by J. Michael Collins
  • Author(s): Mia Nafziger, Cody Oltmans, Zach Petersen, Isabelle Selep
  • Client Name: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI)