Strategizing Better Outcomes for Boys and Young Men of Color

Posted by Urban Institute on May 23, 2016

Black, Latino, Native American Boys Face Barriers From Birth, Report Argues

Black, Latino, and Native American males face a complex web of circumstances that can explain why they are overrepresented among students with low grades, low test scores, and disciplinary problems, according to a new report from the Urban Institute.

The paper, titled “Aiming Higher Together,” makes the case that boys and young men of color face a systemic predicament, beginning at birth, that places them at “risk for underperformance in school and life,” writes the report’s author, Ronald Ferguson, the director of Harvard’s Achievement Gap Initiative and a national expert on improving learning opportunities for disadvantaged children.

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