Equity in the Classroom: Teacher Qualifications and Student Outcomes in HISD (Briefs 1-3)

Teacher Equity Brief

This series of briefs focuses on teacher qualifications and student outcomes in the Houston Independent School District.

An important means of ensuring educational equity across schools is guaranteeing that students with the greatest need have access to high-quality teachers. Measures of teacher quality often include advanced degree attainment, formal background in education, certification status and years of teaching experience, all of which are associated with students’ educational success.

This series of briefs examined whether the distribution of qualified teachers in the Houston Independent School District during the 2018–19 and 2019–20 school years was equitable, as well as how teacher qualifications were related to achievement, absenteeism and discipline outcomes for Hispanic and Black students. The series also analyzed how the availability of Black and Hispanic teachers were related to Hispanic and Black students’ academic and behavioral outcomes.

The Equity Project

This comprehensive study of educational equity throughout Houston ISD focuses on understanding whether historically marginalized student populations in the district have the resources they need to be successful in the classroom and beyond.

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Teachers are the most important resource in a school campus, and ensuring students have access to highly qualified teachers is essential. Unfortunately for PK-12 students in Texas, too many teachers have been leaving the profession and too few highly trained and experienced teachers are taking their place. At the same time, some schools have greater access to highly qualified teachers than others, which poses an obstacle to closing achievement gaps.

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