November 2014

Disparities in educational access, opportunity, and achievement between Black and Latino males and their peers have been the focus of education reform initiatives for several decades. But in large cities across the nation, these students still tend to consistently have the lowest academic performance on virtually every measure – a dire and unacceptable statistic that recently motivated the multi-funder, cross-sector federal initiative My Brother’s Keeper.

In 2013 Boston Public Schools Superintendent Carol R. Johnson commissioned a research study from the Center for Collaborative Education (CCE) and the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University (AISR), with support from the Barr Foundation, to examine the root causes and recommend potential solutions for the achievement gaps that affect Black and Latino boys in BPS.

This report offers findings and recommendations from the first phase of the study, providing a roadmap for a citywide collaboration ­– including Boston Public Schools (BPS), the Mayor’s office, community leaders, and a range of education stakeholders – that aims to make BPS the first district in the nation to succeed in eliminating these gaps for all students.


Phase I Executive Summary

Phase I Full Report

Slide Presentation

Información en español

Phase II materials 

Phase II summary, full report, more information


Phase I Media Coverage

Building a teacher workforce that is reflective of our students
Dorchester Reporter 3/18/15

Black, Latino males lag in Boston schools
Boston Globe 11/13/14 

Boston dumps young black males into special ed
Boston Herald 11/13/14 

Report details disparate educational outcomes for blacks, Latinos in Boston schools
The Bay State Banner 11/13/14 

Black And Latino Students On A Separate, Lesser Educational Track In Boston
WBUR LearningLab 11/14/14

Report: Boston Schools Offer Black, Latino Kids Fewer Opportunities
Jamaica Plain News 11/13/14

Liberal Utopia: Boston Dumps Young Black Males into Special Ed
Jammie Wearing Fools 11/13/14

Report: Black Male Students In Boston Dumped Into Special Ed Classes at Disproportionately High Rates
Atlanta Back Star 11/13/14

Report: Boston school system becoming segregated again
Universal Hub 11/13/14

Black and Latino Boys Fall Behind in Boston Schools, New Study Shows 11/1/14

Enrollment & Outcomes of Black & Latino Males in Boston Public Schools
Blackstonian 11/15/14

Black & Latino Male Students Less Likely to Graduate Boston Schools; Rate Higher for Special Needs Students
Latin Post 11/18/14 

Report: Black, Latino Students Disproportionately Disciplined In Mass. Schools
WBUR Learning Lab 11/19/14 

City Year and My Brothers Keeper
City Year 11/18/14 

Dismay, call to action after ‘sobering’ school report details racial disparities
The Bay State Banner 11/19/14 

Report lays out opportunity gaps for black and Latino boys in city schools
Dorchester Reporter 11/19/14


AISR Director of Research & Policy Rosann Tung, discusses Opportunity and Equity: Enrollment and Outcomes of Black and Latino Males in Boston Public Schools. 

What was the purpose of the research?


What were the key findings?


Why is it important for this research to be collaborative?