April 2015

Disparities in educational access, opportunity, and achievement between Black and Latino males and their peers have been the focus of education reform initiatives for decades. A new report from the Center for Collaborative Education (CCE) and the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University (AISR), commissioned by Boston Public Schools, offers findings and recommendations that aim to help BPS become the first district in the nation to succeed in eliminating these gaps for all students.

Promising Practices and Unfinished Business: Fostering Equity and Excellence for Black and Latino Males summarizes the findings and recommendations from the second phase of a groundbreaking study examining factors impacting low academic performance for Black and Latino males.  The first phase of the report found that Black and Latino males had inequitable access to more rigorous programs in schools, contributing in part to significant opportunity and achievement gaps for this population. The new study offers detailed case studies that suggest a more intentional approach to supporting Black and Latino male students could significantly strengthen outcomes.

1012 Both phases of the report, commissioned by Boston Public Schools and conducted by the Center for Collaborative Education (CCE) and the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University (AISR), with generous support from the Barr Foundation, represent the most comprehensive body of work done in Boston aimed at closing those gaps for Black and Latino males.

How AISR Can Support Partnerships for Equity

Educational Equity for Black and Latino Males: How AISR Can Support Partnerships for Equity outlines AISR’s ability to support districts, community groups, and other education stakeholders interested in understanding and addressing opportunity and achievement gaps for Black and Latino male students.


Phase II Executive Summary

Phase II Full Report

Phase II Presentation

Phase I Executive Summary

Phase I Full Report

Additional Phase I materials 

Phase II media coverage

At Boston Latin, little outreach to city’s black, Latino students
Boston Globe (4/23/16)

Opinion: Race Issues on Campus Rooted in Opportunity Gaps Early On
Mary Christie Foundation (2/26/16)

Black Enrollment at Boston Latin Falls Sharply
Boston Globe (1/31/16)

Black, Latino students speak up about problems in Boston schools
Boston Globe (12/12/15)

Why Black Lives Matter belongs on lesson plans
Boston Globe (10/1/15)

As Classes Begin, Boston's New Superintendent Keeps Focus on Narrowing Achievement Gaps
WBUR (9/8/15)

Diversity more than just a face
Boston Globe (8/27/15)

Colorblind Education is the 'Wrong Response'
Education Week (8/26/15)

Boston Schools Superintendent's 100 day plan
BPS (7/15/15)

The Path to Success for All
Annenberg Institute for School Reform (5/18/15)

Report: BPS needs better approach to black and Latino students
Mission Hill Gazetter (5/1/15)

Discussions About Ethnicity, Race and Gender in the Classroom BenefitsYoung Latinos and Blacks, not Color-Blind Approach
Latin Post (4/26/15) 

Understanding Key Factors Impacting Black and Latino Male Achievement
Barr Foundation (4/17/15) 

Study on race, gender misses key variable: charter schools
Boston Globe: Letter (4/13/15) 

Discussing Race Helps Black, Latino Boys, Study Says
Education Writers Association (4/9/15) 

Study of black and Latino boys excludes charter success
Commonwealth Magazine (4/9/15) 

Report: Boston Blacks 'Cultural Competence' In Teaching Black, Latino Males
WBUR Learning Lab (4/7/15)

Boston teachers urged to discuss race, gender
Boston Globe (4/7/15) 

Boston schools failing black and Latino males
Commonwealth Magazine (4/7/15)

Boston Public Schools releases second phase of Study of Black and Latino Males Finds "Promising Practices" exist while more intentional, system-wide support is needed
BPS (4/7/15)