A new report published by the National School Board Association examines minority students’ disparate experiences in educational achievement as compared to white students. Although graduation rates have increased for students overall, many students of color or of disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds continue to drop out of high school. Approximately 1 million students drop out of school, which equates to a daily loss of about 5,500 students. Because there is a link between economic success and educational achievement, the report shows that communities must work to keep students of color in school. Schools can create personal opportunity plans (POPs), particularly in the context of a triune effort among schools, communities, and families, as a means of achieving this goal.
Patrice Garnette, Joint Center Graduate Scholar, The George Washington University Law School