Black Male Teens: Moving to Success in the High School Years

by Deborah Yaffe

Dec 22, 2013

This issue of the Educational Testing Service Policy Information Center provides highlights from the symposium, "Black Male Teens: Moving to Success in the High School Years," held on June 24, 2013 in Washington, DC. The third in a series of four symposia co-sponsored by ETS and the Children's Defense Fund, the seminar examined the education and status of African-American teenage boys.
  • The success of the nation's 1.7 billion black males of high school age is too often derailed by the sad realities of poverty, educational failure, and racial bias.
  • Public schools serving large percentages of black and Hispanic students spend less per pupil, offer fewer advanced courses, and employ teachers with less experience and subject-matter expertise than do predominantly white schools.
  • Strengthening adult-student relationships and infusing school culture with high aspirations is just as crucial to instruction as the three Rs.
  • The barriers confronting black male teens threaten not only the well-being of individuals but also the long-term economic health of the nation.