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Can a teacher's race boost results?

A recent study of black and white students in class shows that black students learn more from black teachers and white students learn more from white teachers.

According to a published report, Thomas Dee, assistant professor of economics at Swarthmore College, discovered that after one year, black students scored about 3 percentage points higher on math in the Stanford Achievement Test ff they had a black teacher. Reading scores jumped by about half this much. And similar gains were seen in white students ii" they had white teachers.

"We don't really know why the racial interactions in classrooms matter," Dee says. "It we did, it might suggest changes in teacher training and practices that make teacher effectiveness race-neutral."
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Title Annotation:Update: education news from schools, businesses, research and government agencies
Publication:District Administration
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 1, 2004
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