By Phillip Jackson, The Black Star Project
2011 Reading Levels of 8th-Grade Black Males from the Lowest-Performing Large American School Districts (City\Percentage of 8th-Grade Black Males Proficient in Reading)¹.
- Milwaukee - 3%
- Cleveland - 3%
- Detroit - 5%
- Washington (D.C.) - 6%
- San Diego - 7%
- Dallas - 7%
- Baltimore City - 7%
- Chicago - 9%
- Jefferson County, (KY) - 9%
- Atlanta - 9%
- Los Angeles - 9%
- Philadelphia - 9%
- Austin - 9%
- Houston - 9%
- Hillsborough County (FL) - 9%
- Boston - 10%
- Miami-Dade - 11%
- Charlotte - 12%
- New York City - 13%
About 10% of 8th-grade Black males in the United States read at or above a proficient level. In other words; on average, if you count any 100 young Black men, only 10 of them read at a proficient level.
In Milwaukee and Cleveland, only 3 out of 100 young Black men read at or above a proficient level. I (Phillip Jackson) have challenged Black people to tell me that these statistics are not accurate, but so far, no challenges. In fact, only silence!
How did we, Black people, allow this to occur on our watch? And what will we do about it?
- Click Here to Ask The White House to Support The Black Star Plan to Teach Black Boys to Read Well by 4th Grade.
- Click Here to learn about the Institute for Black Male Achievement's Life Outcomes for Black Men and Boys Across America.
- Please call 773.285.9600 to participate in The Black Star Project's Saturday University Reading Academies for Black boys.
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