Barely 12% of black male fourth graders nationally and 11% of those living in large central cities performed at or above proficient levels in reading on the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). This is compared with 38% of white males in that grade nationwide, according to a report from the Council of the Great City Schools, a coalition of the nation’s urban school districts. The study also reveals that among eighth graders, only 12% of black males across the country and 10% living in large cities performed at or above proficient in math, compared with 44% of white males in that grade nationwide. The study also states that school-age black males are also more likely to be suspended, be held back a grade, and drop out of school than their white peers. As a study this summer by the Schott Foundation for Public Education pointed out, fewer than half of black males graduate from high school on time — if they graduate at all.
National Crisis: Black Boys Failing