Johns Hopkins study: Diverse teaching staff lowers dropout rate
BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- Having just one African American teacher in elementary school can lead to more African Americans graduating from high school, according to a new study from John’s Hopkins University.
The study’s co-author and Assistant Professor at John’s Hopkins University, Nick Papageorge says, “having one black teacher in the 3rd, 4th or 5th grade lowers the probability of dropping out among black boys, especially so among lower economically disadvantaged black boys.”
In that demographic, the dropout rate is nearly 40% lower, in addition, the interest in college is up nearly 30%.
Papageorge says the findings show how important it is to have a diverse teaching staff at every school, “We don't need to hire thousands of black teachers in order to make this work out,” Papageorge says, “We can take the group we have today and thoughtfully reassign students to make sure they have exposure to black teacher which seems to help them not drop out of high school.”
Papageorge studied school districts in North Carolina and Tennessee.
In Baltimore City Public Schools 40% of the teachers are African American.
There are no schools in the district without an African American teacher.