ERIC Number: ED460981
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
The African American Education Data Book. Volume II: Preschool through High School Education. Executive Summary.
Nettles, Michael T.; Perna, Laura W.
This executive summary introduces Volume II of the "African American Education Data Book," which brings together information about the educational status of African American preschool, elementary, and secondary school children. Like Volume I, Volume II records the African American educational progress that has previously existed as part of research and Census databases, at testing companies, and at universities and schools. The data book retrieves and analyzes a vast amount of data about the educational representation, distribution, and achievement of African Americans. The data, which are largely descriptive, can be the basis for setting new research agenda and for improving educational opportunities. The Executive Summary allows some conclusions about African American preschool, elementary, and secondary education. The negative consequences of poverty are evident in many ways. Poverty appears to limit the involvement of African American parents in their children's education and reduce the number of African American children who are able to gain access to private school education. In addition, African American students remain unevenly distributed throughout the nation's schools. More than one-half of African American public school students are in the southern United States, and about one-third attend schools in large central cities. Gaps in achievement that show up in the preschool years continue through the high school years. Data show that African American students are over-represented in special education, and that they may leave school at higher rates than their White counterparts. African Americans are also under-represented among public school teachers and principals, and there is some evidence that they are less well prepared and receive less support for inservice and professional development activities. (Contains 22 figures.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Black Students, Census Figures, Databases, Educational Attainment, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment, Institutional Characteristics, Preschool Education, School Safety, Student Characteristics
Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute, 8260 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, P.O. Box 10444, Fairfax, VA 22031-4511.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: College Fund/UNCF, Fairfax, VA.