What is the ACADEMIC RACIAL ACHIEVEMENT GAP?

According to almost every indicator (ACT scores, standardized test scores, high school graduation rates, college success rates, etc.), Black and Latino students perform at lower levels than their White peers. Although the racial academic achievement gap refers to a crucial issue in today's education sector, the gap is by no means a concern exclusive to education.

Why do we focus on this gap? Why does it matter?

Receiving a quality education greatly increases our student's ability to get a job, insure their financial future and plan for the success of future generations.  In many ways, education is the key to improving the quality of life in low-income Black and Latino communities.

Therefore, by giving communities the skills, information and resources to receive a quality education and help others to see the value in doing so, we can ensure the quality of life for future generations. 

Additionally, in a more globalized economy, simply comparing American students to each other is not enough.  We have begun tracking academic gaps between American students and others from around the world.  We will not stop until all American students, whether they are Black, Asian, White, Latino, or Native American, are competing on par with students in Hong Kong, Canada, Finland, India, or China. 

Our Fact Sheets

The Black Star Project works to promote awareness and understanding of the racial academic achievement gap by synthesizing and disseminating information about the gap. The following are key documents that we have compiled to do just this:

NEW! Chicago Reading Scores

The Racial (and Global) Academic Achievement Gap

Black Men in College v.s. Prison

Without a High School Diploma and Suggested Solutions

Where do you get this information? Where can I learn more?

Please see the following FREE resources for reliable statistics and information about racial inequity in education, incarceration, violence and more:

The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males

The Black Male Achievement Life Outcomes Dashboard

And remember, statistics never tell the entire story. We therefore encourage you to find out for yourself what is really happening in your community.  Visit schools, talk to parents, teachers, administrators and, most importantly, talk to students about their experiences at school, what they've learned recently, and what they aspire to be when they grown up.  Only then will you fully understand the problem, and only then will you be part of the solution!

What can I do to bring positive change to my community and turn these numbers around? How can I be part of the solution?

 Join The Black Star Project and help our children succeed! Become a Member and support programs and initiatives that seek to turn these numbers around.

Are you angry about the low levels of reading proficiency among Black males? Then support the Black Male Reading Academy

Do you believe that fathers are an important part of the educational process? Then support our Million Father March!

Do you want to ensure that free tutoring is available to students that need it most? Then support our Saturday University

Are you convinced that we can reduce violence by giving youth and adults access to employment opportunities? Then support our Workforce Development programs!

You are not powerless to reverse the trends we see in educating Black and Latino students. You can do something. Join us and together we will make sure that all of our children are properly educated, with the support of their parents and communities. Sign up for our email newsletter to stay abreast of the latest news and opportunities. Donate today and be a part of the solution!

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