May 31, 2024 - News

Chart: Segregation's impact

Line chart showing segregation between white and Black students in Phoenix K-12 public schools from academic years ending 1992 to 2023. In 2023, the index was 0.31 on a scale from 0 to 1, where 1 implies complete segregation and 0 implies none. In 1992, the local index was 0.24. Across all metro areas in the U.S., the level of segregation has risen slightly, from 0.11 to 0.15, during this timeframe.
Data: Stanford Education Data Archive; Chart: Axios Visuals

A higher ratio of students to school counselors is especially evident in racially segregated schools, Eric Sparks, ASCA deputy executive director, tells Axios.

The big picture: Arizona's school counselor shortage trends with the state's high rate of school segregation — which has been on the rise in metro Phoenix for much of the past 15 years, according to the Stanford Education Data Archive.

What they're saying: "Having fewer school counselors prohibits students from being identified or being seen," Sparks said.

  • "Unfortunately, when it gets too high, it increases the likelihood that a student is going to fall through the cracks."

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