ABSTRACTThe Impact of Recruitment and Retention of Hispanic Teachers on the Academic Performance of Hispanic Students in Selected Texas Schools.
Robert Marcel Branch; B.A. Louisiana State University;M.A., M.Ed. - Prairie View A&M UniversityDissertation Chair: William A. Kritsonis, Ph.D.
The purpose of this study was twofold: To identify methodsto assist with the recruitment and retention of Hispanic teachers inselected schools in Texas; and, to assess whether the presence of Hispanic teachers is related to Hispanic student performance. Amixed methods design involving quantitative and qualitativemeasurements was utilized.Quantitatively, data from the Texas Education Agency (TEA)on selected schools were consolidated and analyzed for possiblerelationships between Hispanic teachers and Hispanic studentperformance. Qualitatively, Hispanic teachers and districtadministrators were surveyed and interviewed to examine factorsassociated with the effective recruitment and retention initiativesfor Hispanic teachers in the sample. The quantitative portion of the study showed that theaverage annual percentage for Hispanic teachers ranged from 6.5%