August 2016

From 2013 to 2015, a research team from AISR and the Center for Collaborative Education, funded by the Barr Foundation, compared opportunities and achievement for different groups of students in Boston Public Schools, and found – unsurprisingly – that Black and Latino males experience systemic gaps in opportunity.

AISR’s research, however, goes beyond simply adding more studies to show how inequitable public education remains today. The team went on to examine the practices that create or reduce opportunity gaps; developed indicators to help school communities measure their progress; and supported various stakeholders in their efforts to take action.

This brochure, aimed at district and school leaders, union leaders, leaders of community-based organizations, youth and community organizers, and family members, outlines:

  • some outcomes of our work in Boston;

  • our staff’s broad range of expertise in anti-racist research, support for community organizing and engagement and for district and systems transformation, and strategic communications;

  • the ways that AISR might help other communities come together to understand and address issues of equity and excellence for Black and Latino males or other students historically underserved.

Related AISR Content

Promising Practices and Unfinished Business: Fostering Equity and Excellence for Black and Latino Males
This report offers findings and recommendations to help Boston Public Schools eliminate gaps in educational access, opportunity, and achievement for Black and Latino males.

Opportunity and Equity: Enrollment and Outcomes of Black and Latino Males in Boston Public Schools
This phase I report examines the root causes of the achievement gaps affecting Black and Latino males in Boston Public Schools, and offers recommendations for collaborative change.