Advancing the Success of Boys and Men of Color in Education

Aug 30, 2014

Written by scholars who lead research centers that focus on the educational experiences of boys and men of color, this report recommends policy changes that remedy systemic challenges faced by young men of color in education.

  • Create a national clearinghouse on exemplary studies, practices, and policies on males of color in education.
  • Implement a National Center for Education Statistics dataset that tracks males of color across PreK-12 and postsecondary education.
  • Refine ethnic classifications collected by the U.S. Department of Education to better account for within-group differences.
  • Mandate that institutions create equity plans to improve success of boys of color.
  • Facilitate curricular partnerships across the pipeline.
  • Implement interventions to ensure third and fourth grade level proficiency in literacy for males of color.
  • Adopt data tracking systems and scorecards to identify schools with disproportionately high suspension and special education placement rates.
  • Focus on increasing men of color teachers, principals, and school counselors.
  • Tighten accreditation and state certification standards for teacher education and counselor education programs.
  • Implement sustained professional development structures for effectively working with boys of color.
  • Develop high school policies and practices that improve male of color participation in advanced academic programs.
  • Require all postsecondary institutions to implement an institution-level early alert system.
  • Disaggregate postsecondary student right-to-know data by race/ethnicity within gender.
  • Mandate postsecondary institutions conduct a self-study of student experiences and outcomes with data disaggregated by race within gender.
  • Require federally designated minority-serving postsecondary institutions to include "serving historically underserved students" in their strategic plan with stated student success goals.