Study: There is racial bias in parent-teacher contact.

By Andrew Pillow

Many studies have been done lately around teacher racial bias in regards to students. Now it appears as if racial bias also effects the way teachers interact with parents.

A new study out of New York University says that parents are more likely to contact parents of certain students than others… and the determining factor seems to be race.  

Hua-Yu Cherng’s findings are summed up by Teachers College Record:

“Even after considering measures of student behavior and other factors, I find that mathematics teachers are more likely to contact parents of third-generation Black and Latino youth about disruptive behavior than parents of third-generation White youth. Mathematics and English teachers are less likely to contact immigrant Asian parents about academic and behavioral concerns, even when students are struggling. Teachers are also less likely to contact minority parents with news of accomplishments.”

This study falls in line with other studies that imply teachers often notice the behavior of black and brown students more.


Read more here. (The Atlantic)


Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.