A study by Walter Hunt, an assistant principal in the Houston public schools and a recent graduate of the executive education doctorate in professional leadership program at the University Houston, found that young African American students do not necessarily perform better in classrooms taught by Black teachers.
Hunt’s data focused on eighth grade students in 198 Texas public schools in lower-income neighborhoods. He found that there was no significant correlation between the academic achievement of Black students and whether or not they had a Black teacher. His data also showed that the educational achievement gap between African American and White students was greater at schools with a larger percentage of Black teachers.
Dr. Hunt stated, “it would appear that teacher race doesn’t matter when addressing student achievement. This just goes to show that having a positive impact on students is a complex, multi-layered process.”