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Diversity Demographics in School Psychology

There are disproportionately few school psychologists from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds available to serve both regular and special education students. 

Ethnicity of School Psychologists
Source: 2004-05 NASP membership survey (69% response rate)

Ethnicity

%

White/Caucasian

92.55

Hispanic/Latino

2.99

Black/African American

1.94

Asian-American/Pacific Islander

0.94

American Indian/Alaskan Native

0.82

Reference:
Curtis, M. J., Lopez, A. D., Batsche, G. M., & Smith, J. C. (2006, March). School psychology 2005: A national perspective. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, Anaheim, CA.

Ethnicity of the U.S. Population
Source: 2000 Census

Ethnicity

%

White/Caucasian

70.7

Hispanic/Latino

12.5

Black/African American

12.3

Asian-American/Pacific Islander

3.6

American Indian/Alaskan Native

0.9

Linguistic Diversity of U.S. Public Schools

Source: U.S. Dept. of Education, 2004

  1. Currently there are 5.5 million English Language Learners in U.S. public schools who speak more than 400 different languages.