But the study, done by researchers at American University, also found that students, especially black boys, are less likely to be absent or suspended when they have a "demographically similar classroom teacher," The Huffington Post reported.
Researchers found this by analyzing students' attendance and suspension rates from North Carolina schools from 2006 to 2010, and determining how those numbers changed based on teacher differences, The Huffington Post reported.
The study found that black students with white teachers were 1 percent more likely to be suspended every year, American University professor Seth Gershenson told The Huffington Post. That may seem small, but Gershenson said that means students have "almost a twenty percent increase in the likelihood of being suspended during the year. Especially in primary school, even being suspended once is a really big disruption to the learning environment," The Huffington Post reported.
Gershenson said this issue sometimes exists because students and teachers of a similar demographic can relate to teach other easier. When students have teachers who are like them, those students are more likely to "take their advice to heart," especially when those teachers confront them about missing class.
Researchers specifically found this drop between the years of 2002 and 2012, when there was an expansion of public schools across the country, as well as an increase in federal education policy changes, the Post reported.
The researchers noted this drop is significant because black students do better in school when racially paired with teachers.
"Teachers of color also can serve as powerful role models for minority students, who are more likely to live in poor neighborhoods than white students and less likely to know other adults who are college graduates," the Post reported.
Homeschooling has proven to be successful for these families, too, as homeschooled black students perform better than white public school students, the study said.
These parents feel that homeschooling their children would be a better option than sending them to schools where they are "subjected to numerous forms of racial discrimination and hostility in school that can make the environment unpleasant and detrimental to learning," the Black Star noted.
It's helpful, too, that these students' test scores are so high, experts said. It gives black families even more of a reason to teach their students from home.
"The Black homeschool children's high achievement test scores were remarkable," Brian Ray, president of NHERI, said. "Parents without teaching certificates helping their children from a traditionally low-achieving minority group excel this way should cause all educators and social advocacy groups to take special note."