What happens to a dream deferred? : a study of the academic achievement of black males from an affluent high school
Author(s)Williams, Melita J.
Contributor(s)McKinney, Joseph R.
African American high school boys -- Attitudes.
High school students, White -- Attitudes.
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AbstractThe achievement gap refers to the disparity in the academic performance between groups
of students. According to current research, there is an academic achievement gap that exists between Black students and White students (NAEP, 2014). Although this gap has decreased over the last few decades, the disparity in the academic achievement of Black students and White
students continues to persist. Researchers suggest that the underperformance of Black students is
not based on the lack of ability but can be attributed to social, cultural, and educational factors
that will be explored in this study. Current research attributes much of the academic achievement
gap to specific cultural and social factors that impact academic achievement such as
socioeconomic status, cultural competence of the school systems, and lack of identification with
school for Black students. The goal of this quantitative study is to explore these factors and how
they impact the academic achievement of Black students who attend a high performing school
system in order to have a better understanding of how SES and race impact the academic
achievement of Black students.
Department of Educational Leadership
Thesis (D. Ed.)