You may know that black teacher candidates have a lower rate of passing teacher licensure exams than do white teacher candidates. An ETS report documents that the gap. Here’s the key table from the report.The important observation is that the difference in pass rates is very large.
Now for a few further observations.
- The report gives score differences on the Praxis II, but doesn’t give pass rates. The score differences are just as big on the Praxis II as on the Praxis I.
- The race differences are not explained by socioeconomic status, at least not using parents’ education as a measure of SES.
- Note the table is for “first-time takers.” We don’t know if the pattern holds for repeat test takers, which might be important for who eventually ends up teaching.