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Indicator 3 1 : Minority teachers

Goal: All people will be welcomed, respected and able to participate fully in Minnesota's communities and economy. The promise of inclusion of all people is embedded in Minnesota's heritage as well as in federal and state law. The goal encourages pride in ethnic heritage and endorses opportunity for all without consideration of race, sex or ability. This is increasingly important as Minnesota's workplaces, schools, and communities grow in diversity.

Rationale: Trends in the racial and ethnic diversity of school teachers is an indication of both professional employment opportunity and the extent to which teaching staff share the diversity of the students and families served by the school.

Percentage of public school students who are minorities, Black/ African American, American Indian, Asian or Pacific Islander and Hispanic

Year
19919.7%
199210.1%
199310.4%
199411.2%
199511.9%
199612.6%
199713.5%
199814.4%
199915.2%
200016.0%
200117.1%
200218.0%
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Local data

Data source: Minnesota Department of Children, Families & Learning

Percentage of public school teachers who are minorities, Black/ African American, American Indian, Asian or Pacific Islander and Hispanic

Year
19911.5%
19931.9%
19941.9%
19952.2%
19962.4%
19972.7%
19982.7%
19992.8%
20003.1%
20013.1%
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Data source: Minnesota Department of Children, Families & Learning

About this indicator: The diversity of public school teachers has increased slightly but not kept pace with the diversity of students. In the 2000-01 school year, 3.1 percent of Minnesota teachers and 17.1 percent of students were Black/African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian, or Hispanic.

Teachers are influential role models for children. Many educators believe that students do better in school when some of their teachers share their ethnic or racial identity. In addition, the teaching profession is one of the largest occupations in the state; more than 54,000 people teach in Minnesota public schools.

Thus the representation of racial and ethnic diversity in teaching is also an indicator of the roles the state's racial and ethnic minorities play in their communities.

For comparison: As of 1998, minority students made up 33 percent of enrollment in the nation's public schools, while 13.5 percent of teachers were minorities.

Things to think about: Minorities are a much larger percentage of the school-age population in Minnesota than of the adult population, making it difficult to recruit enough minority teachers to come close to reflecting the makeup of the student population. There have not been enough minority college students majoring in education to keep pace with the growing demand for minority teachers. Some post-secondary schools are now promoting programs designed to encourage minority students to consider a teaching career.

Technical notes: Data includes full-time equivalent public school elementary and secondary teachers who are Black/African-American, Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian or Hispanic. Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE), community education and preschool teachers are excluded. Data is reported for the most recently completed school year. Student enrollment data is for PK-12.

Sources:

  • Minnesota Department of Children Families & Learning, Data Management Unit, Minority teachers and students, 1990-2001, http://cfl.state.mn.us
  • National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics, 1998, www.nces.ed.gov
  • Minnesota State Demographic Center, 2000 Census Shows a More Racially and Ethnically Diverse Minnesota (May 2001), www.mnplan.state.mn.us/demography/index.html

Related data trends:

  • Enrollment of public school children (PK-12), total
    • Public school students who are minorities, Black/ African American, American Indian, Asian or Pacific Islander and Hispanic
      • Number of teachers, total
      • Related indicators:

        Other related indicators:

        • College enrollment and graduation rate, by race and ethnic origin (Minnesota Higher Education Services Office)

        Retrieve school district data for: Percentage of public school students who are minorities, Black/ African American, American Indian, Asian or Pacific Islander and Hispanic

Technical problems? Contact: demography.helpline@state.mn.us