This issue of the Educational Testing Service Policy Information Center provides highlights from the symposium, "Black Male Teens: Moving to Success in the High School Years," held on June 24, 2013 in Washington, DC. The third in a series of four symposia co-sponsored by ETS and the Children's Defense Fund, the seminar examined the education and status of African-American teenage boys.
- The success of the nation's 1.7 billion black males of high school age is too often derailed by the sad realities of poverty, educational failure, and racial bias.
- Public schools serving large percentages of black and Hispanic students spend less per pupil, offer fewer advanced courses, and employ teachers with less experience and subject-matter expertise than do predominantly white schools.
- Strengthening adult-student relationships and infusing school culture with high aspirations is just as crucial to instruction as the three Rs.
- The barriers confronting black male teens threaten not only the well-being of individuals but also the long-term economic health of the nation.