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CTAG Race/Ethnicity Reports

CSCS CTAG Report 1

WestEd. (2012). California School Climate Survey, Statewide results, 2008-10. CTAG Report 1. Variations by the predominant race/ethnicity of school enrollment. San Francisco: WestEd Health and Human Development Program for the California Department of Education.
The results reported by almost 94,000 teachers, administrators, and other school staff in 5,451 schools between fall 2008 and spring 2010, disaggregated by the predominant race/ethnicity of the students enrolled in the schools. The report contains a summary of the key findings, which are also reported in CSCS Factsheet #2. Schools are classified into five categories based on their student racial/ethnic composition:

  • Predominantly Latino (average of 83% of students enrolled are Latino/Hispanic),
  • Plurality Latino (average 47%),
  • Plurality African American (average 69%),
  • Plurality Asian (average 48%)
  • Plurality White (average 63%).

Staff in predominantly Asian and White schools consistently reported markedly more positive results on school climate indicators than staff in predominantly African American schools, who reported the most negative results, or in Latino schools, who fell in the middle. There were only very small differences between Predominantly and Plurality Latino schools. This report is a companion to the analyses of 2004-06 California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) data, summarized in CHKS Factsheet #8, which showed that student reports of both academic performance and school well-being indicators varied consistently across schools based on their predominant racial/ethnic enrollment.

CSCS CTAG Report 2

WestEd. (2012). California School Climate Survey, Statewide Results, 2008-10. CTAG Report 2. Variations by the race/ethnicity of school staff. San Francisco: WestEd Health and Human Development Program for the California Department of Education.
The results as self-reported between fall 2008 and spring 2010 by school staff categorized into six racial/ethnic groups of school staff (including Other or Mixed Ethnicity).

  • African American (AA)
  • American Indian or Alaska Native (AI/AN)
  • Asian/Pacific Islander (A/PI)
  • White (W)
  • Hispanic/Latino (H/L)
  • Other or Mixed Ethnicity (OME)

The results are based on an analysis of the same data set and sample as used in the analysis of variations by the predominant racial/ethnic student enrollment. The report contains a summary of the key findings, which are also reported in CSCS Factsheet #1. Overall, White and, to some extent, Asian/Pacific Islander staff members are more likely than other staff to report that their schools provide a positive, supportive, and safe learning environment for students; and that the students that they serve come to school ready to learn.

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