Date of Paper


Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)


Social Work

First Advisor

Katharine Hill


Social Work


Black male students in America are graduating at a much lower rate than white students. The purpose of this systematic review is to answer the question, “what interventions can school social workers implement to improve high school graduation rates for Black male students?” The first phase of this project included an examination of the existing research surrounding the achievement gap in American schools. All research studies included in this project were directly related to the ways in which schools could support better quality education for Black males. Research studies were carefully selected using criteria of inclusion and exclusion to ensure their relevance to this project. Criteria of inclusion were the words “Black”, “male” and “achievement”. Articles older than ten years were discarded. Then, themes were gathered from each of the six research articles that were deemed relevant. Finally, suggestions for social work practice and policy are made in an effort to support equitable education for all students.

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