History of Race & Education
Despite increases in high school graduation rates over the last ten years, the gap in academic achievement has shown little to no narrowing during that same decade. In some SC counties, the gap has widened. How far have we really progressed in the nearly 50 years we have compared student performance on standardized tests? Student achievement is also threatened by the lack of racial diversity in front of the classroom. Classroom teachers are leaving the profession at a faster rate than both traditional and alternative teacher education programs are graduating and certifying new educators. Of those matriculating those programs in SC, less than 20% are teachers of color while students of color are close to double that amount. What effect does this outpacing of teacher representation have on student achievement? A panel of educators will have a frank discussion about SC’s status in education and discuss viable solutions for determining where we go from here.