ERIC Number: ED456169
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
Educational Achievement and Black-White Inequality. Statistical Analysis Report.
Jacobson, Jonathan; Olsen, Cara; Rice, Jennifer King; Sweetland, Stephen
This study explored relationships between black-white differences in educational achievement and black-white differences in various educational and economic outcomes. Three data sets examined the extent to which black-white differences in labor market outcomes, in educational attainment, and in mathematics and reading achievement were present for young adults as a whole and for young adults with similar levels of prior educational achievement. For women with similar levels of prior educational achievement, blacks earned as much or more per year as whites. For men with similar levels of prior achievement, black-white gaps in annual earnings were at least two-fifths lower than black-white gaps for men overall. Black-white employment disparities for young adults with similar levels of prior achievement were at least one-half lower than black-white employment disparities for young adults overall. For young adults with similar levels of prior educational achievement, blacks were more likely to attend college than whites, and blacks' college completion rates were as high as, or higher than, those of whites. Throughout elementary and secondary school, blacks scored lower overall on mathematics and reading tests than whites. The black-white mathematics gap differed in size across grades. (Contains 47 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Aspiration, Black Students, College Attendance, Educational Attainment, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Outcomes of Education, Racial Differences, Salaries, Wages
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mathematica Policy Research, Washington, DC.; National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Note: Project officer was John Ralph.