The Social and Educational Factors Contributing to the Outcomes of Black Males in Urban Schools

The Council of the Great City Schools

The council, for the first time, tried to measure exactly the extent of challenges facing black males in six key areas:

  • Readiness to learn.
  • Black male achievement on the National Assessment of Education Progress.
  • Black male achievement on the National Assessment of Educational Progress in big city schools.
  • College and career preparedness.
  • School experience.
  • Postsecondary experience.

The report documents the hardships facing black males from birth (infant mortality is higher among black mothers), through their living arrangements (many live in poverty in single- parent homes) to their relatively poor performance in school.

Analyzing the academic distance between black boys and their white male counterparts, the study’s authors declare it a “national catastrophe” and call for a national, White House-coordinated effort to address the achievement gap.

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