Prioritizing Strategies to Racially Diversify the K–12 Teacher Workforce

This report presents selected findings from the 2022 State of the American Teacher survey related to increasing the racial and ethnic diversity of the teacher workforce. This is the third and final report in this series. In this report, Rand summarizes not only these survey results but also in-depth interviews with teachers and a discussion with a panel of policymakers, practitioners, and researchers that we convened. They list three major recommendations:

  • Lower the cost of becoming and being a teacher;
  • Increase the diversity of the teacher applicant pool; and
  • Focus on building positive collegial relationships and inclusive school environments.


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December 2022