Can These 11 States Make Their Teaching Forces More Diverse by 2040?


From Education Week's Teaching Now Blog

By Madeline Will 

Nationally, 18 percent of teachers are nonwhite, compared to just over half of public school students. It's a large gap—but 11 states have committed to working to reach parity between their own nonwhite student and teacher populations by 2040. 

The 11 states are: Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin. The state chiefs of education are working with the Council of Chief State School Officers, which is providing the team with support and resources, including help from researchers who study the issue of teacher diversity.

Jennifer Krout