Educational Testing Service

November 11, 2010 11:41 ET

Media Advisory: Symposium to Promote Academic Success of Black Males

Black Male Students Are Far Behind Every Other Population Group in the Nation

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - November 11, 2010) - In an effort to broaden the attention on continuing progress, Educational Testing Service (ETS) will convene a conference to focus on increasing student effort and motivation, and encouraging Black males to strive toward high academic performance and success.

According to the Schott Foundation's "50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males (2010)," only 47 percent of Black males graduate from high school. In New York, the graduation rate for Black males is 25 percent, compared with 68 percent for White males -- a gap of 43 percent. In New Jersey, the Black male graduation rate is 69 percent, while the White male graduation rate is 90 percent -- a gap of 21 percent.

"Climbing the Academic Achievement Ladder: Promoting the Success of Black Males"

Saturday, November 13, 2010
8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

ETS Chauncey Conference Center
660 Rosedale Rd.
Princeton, NJ 08541

Conference speakers and participants will exchange ideas and agree upon recommendations for research, as well as policy and program solutions. The conference will address the following issues:

  • academic effort inside and outside of school

  • peer and adult interactions, relationships and influence

  • educational and career expectations and outcomes

  • types of recognition, incentives and rewards that may encourage Black male students to increase their effort and improve their academic achievement.

For a detailed agenda and a list of key sessions, presentations and speakers, please visit

Media interested in attending should contact Jason Baran at (609) 683-2428 or

ETS is proud to welcome the New Jersey Department of Education, the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education at NYU Steinhardt and the Center for Effective School Practices at Rutgers University as conference conveners.

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