Do students do better if their teachers look and sound like them?
A profile of Somerville’s enrollment data is found at the MA Department of Education District website.
Although data on students with disabilities is not yet collected, other underrepresented minority characteristics are counted, such as race, gender, low-income, special education, and limited English proficiency. Somerville’s 4-year graduation rates in 2010 show highest graduation rates for Asian students- over 95%; and, White students track at 75%, Hispanics at 69% and Black/African American students at 54%. (An interactive chart is found on Google docs here. )
Staffing data of teachers by race, ethnicity and gender is also found (teachers are counted as full-time equivalent, or FTE). A chart of the ratio of Somerville’s students to teachers, by race and ethnicity shows dramatic comparisons:
African American students- 13.5%; African American teachers- 3.6%. Asian students- 9.6%; Asian teachers- 1.3%. Hispanic students- 38%; Hispanic teachers- 6.2%. White students- 37.4%; White teachers- 88.3%.
(The Google doc link for chart, below, is found here.)