Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Black Males in Crisis

Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Black Males in Crisis

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"Black males continue to perform lower than their peers throughout the country on almost every indicator," says the groundbreaking report, A Call for Change: The Social and Educational Factors Contributing to the Outcomes of Black Males in Urban Schools.

The recent report by the Council of the Great City Schools presents stark data on the differences between black and white academic and social achievement from the cradle to adulthood, describing "comprehensive challenges" facing black males nationwide and in the major cities. "This is a national catastrophe, and it deserves coordinated national attention," stresses the report.

Highlights of the report's findings show:

* Black children were twice as likely to live in a household where no parent had full-time or year-round employment in 2008. And in 2007, one out of every three black children lived in poverty, compared with one out of every 10 white children.

* Analysis of the 2009 National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) reveals that on the 4th-grade reading assessment only 12% of black male students nationally and 11% of those living in large central cities performed at or above proficient levels, compared with 38% of white males nationwide. In 8th grade, only 9% of black males across the country and 8% living in large cities performed at or above the proficient level in reading, compared with 33% of white males nationwide. Math results were similar in both grades.

* The average 4th- and 8th-grade black male who is not poor does no better in reading and math on NAEP than do white males who are poor, and black males without disabilities do no better than white males with disabilities. …

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