Three Triangle academics weighed in Wednesday with data they say shows the Wake County school system could have problems if it scraps the diversity policy.
As noted in today's article by Thomas Goldsmith, research was presented at the Great Schools in Wake Coalition press briefing showing that high-poverty schools statewide tend to have lower quality teachers. Those schools have the highest percentage of teachers with less than three years' experience, with lower teacher test scores and with degrees from lower-quality colleges.
"By every measure, high-poverty schools have teachers (and also principals) with weaker credentials than other schools," said Helen Ladd, a Duke University professor of public policy studies and economics.
The research presented was largely looking at statewide and national data rather than specifically on Wake County. It didn't appear there was research presented specifically looking at the impact of the diversity policy on low-income students.
Kathleen Brown, head of the educational leadership area at the UNC School of Education, and the other academics who spoke Wednesday conceded that Wake has significant problems under the diversity policy. Notably, there's a persistent achievement gap between students from better-off families and those from lower-income and minority groups.