Our agency has set several performance indicators to track the progress of its fifth goal: that the educator workforce is as diverse as the student population it serves. To learn more about goal 5, and the other goals, please read PESB’s mission, vision, and strategic plan.
Educator workforce diversity reflects P-12 student population
Student diversity in Washington State has increased by 4% over the last 5 years. The diversity of its educators (teachers, ESAs, administrators, principals) has also increased, by 2% over the same time period. PESB stewards multiple programs aimed at closing the gap. Student demographic data is reported in OSPI’s report card and the educator diversity data is from the S275 reports.
Increase the number of new educators self-identifying with underrepresented groups 5% by 2020
The general number number of new educators being hired in Washington State has been rising. The 2016-2017 year particularly saw a noticeable change in the number of educators of color being hired, but it will be some years before the volume of new educators entering the profession will be reflected in the diversity of the entire workforce.
Improve persistence of educators of underrepresented groups
Both white educators and educators of color have seen an increase in their 3 year persistence over the last 5 years in Washington. 3 year persistence is what percentage of a starting cohort is seen working for 3 consecutive years in Washington State public schools. It is anticipated the diversity of the workforce will continue to rise if the persistence of educators of color continues to increase.
Improve diversity of educators persisting in programs
The diversity of enrolled candidates in preparation programs is not yet available, but will be used as it becomes available. The completer data indicates the diversity and volume of new educators who complete preparation programs in Washington State and become certified has remained relatively level for the last 5 years.
Why could this data look different than other data?
There are a variety of data sources that could be used, and depending on which one is used (or in combination), there may be variance in reported numbers. The caveats and methodology section of each data display include its data source and the analytic choices made that could impact the numbers PESB reports.