The U.S. Department of
Education's National Assessment of Educational Progress periodically measures
literacy skills at grades four, eight, and 12.
The results are reported at four
levels: At Basic and below Basic; at Proficient and at Advanced for each grade
level. As reading is the basis for all other education, and as by grade eight
schooling has had ample time to be effective, grade eight reading proficiency
can be taken as a good indicator of the quality of education available to
The quality of the data made
available by NAEP allows us to identify those factors most significant in
determining whether a child will grow up in the virtuous circle of good
educational opportunities and class mobility, or the vicious circle of poor
educational opportunities and caste sedimentation.
In 1992, nine percent of black
students in grade eight read at the Proficient level and for all practical
purposes no black students read at the Advanced level. Twenty-one years later,
in 2013, 16 percent of black students read at the Proficient level in grade
eight and one percent read at the Advanced level. Although the percentage of
black students reading a grade level or above in grade eight has doubled, 83
percent of African American students still read below the level expected at
According to U.S. Department of
Education data for the 2011-12 school year, the most recent available, there
were 586,231 black students and in eighth grade. Therefore, there were nearly
half a million black students reading below grade level and almost exactly
100,000 black students reading at or above grade level in grade eight, which is
one-third the number that would be expected if Black students had equal
educational opportunities to those afforded white students.
Black students who reported that their parents who had
graduated from high school were at or above grade level 9 percent of the time in
2013. For black students who said that their parents had some education after
high school, 21 percent were at Proficient or above in 2013. The black children
of college graduates were at or above grade level 22 percent of the
Twenty percent of black students, without regard to
family income or parental education attainment, attending schools in the
suburbs, as compared to 14 percent in city schools, read at or above grade
Twenty-two percent of black eighth graders whose parents
had completed college were at least proficient readers as compared to 8 percent
of those whose parents had not completed high school.
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with Mr. Adam Sutter
CHICAGO Pipefitters LOCAL
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 6:30pm
The Black Star Project
3509 South King Drive
least 17 years of age to apply and 18 years old to be accepted into the
high school diploma or GED, valid driver's license and a birth
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Meet the 2014 Class
Black Male Achievement
Recently, Echoing Green announced
55 individuals, across 42 organizations, as its 2014 Fellowship class, including
33 Global Fellows, 10 Black Male Achievement Fellows and 12
Climate Fellows. This year's class will receive a collective total of nearly $4
million in seed funding, representing the largest-ever class of Fellows.
The 2014 Fellows will receive
business support, consulting opportunities and mentorship - in addition to seed
funding - to help them launch their organizations and affect social change.
This year's Black
Male Achievement Fellows make up the third annual class, selected in
partnership with the Open Society Foundations Campaign for Black Male
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The BSCPTA was chartered as part of the National PTA in 2009.
The community PTA model is a growing trend designed to address larger issues
such as poverty, crime and inequality in the educational system that are far too
often seen in marginalized communities and have a profoundly negative impact on
students' educational outcomes.
The BSCPTA is recruiting 500 members from around. You can
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