According to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Assessment of Educational Progress, children of well-educated black parents have a greater chance of experiencing academic and professional success in the long-run.
What becomes clear in the analysis is that while there are correlations between income and achievement, there are even stronger correlations between how well black parents are educated as well as where their kids attend school, and the achievement of black children. […]NAEP reports parental education as “Did not finish high school,” “Graduated high school,” “Some education after high school” or “Graduated College.” Black students who told NAEP that their parents did not finish high school scored at Proficient or above 8 percent of the time in 2013. Black students who reported that their parents who had graduated from high school were at or above grade level 9 percent of the time in 2013. For black students who said that their parents had some education after high school, 21 percent were at Proficient or above in 2013. The black children of college graduates were at or above grade level 22 percent of the time.
The report also finds a correlation between family income and student achievement. While 28 percent of black students who are less impoverished are now reading at grade level, nearly 90 percent of black students from poorer families are not able to do so.
In 1992, nine percent of black students in grade eight read at the Proficient level. No black students read at the Advanced level. In 2013, 16 percent of black students read at the Proficient level in eighth grade and one percent read at the Advanced level. 83 percent of black students still read below the level expected at eighth grade.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, for the 2011-12 school year, there were 586,231 black students in eighth grade.
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