Poor, minority schools are under-represented among the schools that host student teachers from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), an institution that provides nearly a third of the district’s new teachers. In 2005, only one-fifth of the college’s student-teaching sites consisted of high-poverty, segregated, low-performing schools. “Without sustained practice in these schools, teacher candidates will be less inclined to seek or accept jobs in these communities,” according to a UIC data brief.

School type

% UIC teaching sites

High-poverty, highly segregated, not meeting AYP


High-poverty, highly segregated, meeting AYP


Other schools


Notes: High-poverty schools are those in which more than 90 percent of the students receive a free or reduced-price lunch. “Highly segregated” schools were those in which more than 90 percent of students came from the same ethnic background.
Source: UIC College of Education

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.