CLASP's youth policy work aims to advance policy and practice that will dramatically improve the education, employment, and life outcomes for youth in communities of high youth distress. Learn more>>

Pathways to Reconnection for Disconnected Youth

We advocate for federal policies that meet the education and training needs of the millions of young people ages 16 to 24 who are disconnected from school and employment.  Read more>>

Building the Capacity of Communities

We work with communities to identify and highlight effective cross-system approaches that can provide opportunities for youth to complete their education, enter the labor market and improve their life outcomes. Read more>>

Supports and Strategies for Youth of Color 

We highlight the depth of the disadvantaged and disconnected youth problem for young people of color in some of the nation's most challenged communities and propose strategic solutions. Read more>>

Feb 20, 2015  |  PERMALINK »

African American Schools Need Access to Qualified Teachers, School Counselors, Rigorous Coursework

By Andrew Mulinge

Today more than ever, we know the value of a college education.  By the year 2020, it is estimated that two-thirds of American jobs will require college experience. Thirty percent will require at least a bachelor’s degree and 36 percent will require at least some college or an associate degree.

Unfortunately, not every student can access a quality high school experience that prepares them for postsecondary success.  This is especially true for African Americans, who attend the least resourced schools and suffer the worst academic outcomes. CLASP’s new report, College Preparation for African American Students: Gaps in the High School Educational Experience, explores how these students suffer without access to quality teachers, college readiness courses, and school counselors, as well as what must be done to improve the system.

Experienced, well-educated teachers are critical to student development. According to research, teachers’ combination of educational attainment, credential status, and years of experience significantly affect the remediation rates of students enrolling in college. Unfortunately, highly qualified teachers are in short supply in predominantly African American schools.  According to the report:

  • African American students are four times more likely than White students to attend a school where one in five teachers are not certified.
  • African American students are four times more likely than White students to attend a school where over 20 percent of teachers are in their first year.
  • African American students need teachers equipped with a cultural pedagogy that positively engages them.

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WIOA Game Plan for Low-Income People

WIOA is the first update to the nation’s core workforce training programs since the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) 16 years ago. CLASP is committed to making WIOA work; that's why we're developing a WIOA Game Plan for Low-Income People. We'll break down what you need to know to implement the law and help low-income families and individuals climb the economic ladder.

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