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The State of Black Lives in Texas: Education

Tue, May 15, 2018
The State of Black Lives in Texas: Education
The State of Black Lives in Texas: Education Report explores the following subjects: discipline, charter schools, standardized testing, and the Top Ten Percent Law.

In Texas and throughout the United States, stark racial disparities exist in our education system. Black students consistently perform worse than their peers across all racial groups and are also disproportionately disciplined and punished. If we wish to achieve racial equity and believe that education forms the foundation for successful outcomes in life, it is of the utmost important to examine how to better serve Black students in our schools. 

IUPRA’s latest State of Black Lives in Texas report lays the groundwork to do just that. This report is the first in a series that looks at various policy issues in Texas through a racial equity lens, with the goal of influencing policymakers to improve the lives of Black people in Texas.

This report takes a look at four key education issues and how current policy and realities in Texas affect Black students: discipline and punishment, charter schools, standardized testing, and the Top Ten Percent Law. The authors provide an analysis of the available data in these areas, followed by key policy recommendations and priorities.

“In Texas, Black students represent roughly 13% of the total student population but have the highest dropout rate, are most likely to be referred to special education programs, and have the lowest scores on standardized tests across all grades and all subjects.”

Read or download the report here!

The State of Black Lives in Texas report series examines social issues affecting the Black population in Texas and provides research and policy recommendations. The 2018 iteration will cover the following topics: education, income and poverty, housing, health, and criminal justice. Want to be the first to hear when we have events and new reports in the series? Sign up for IUPRA’s newsletter: bit.ly/IUPRA-news.

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