Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education


Secondary Education and Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Barbara Qualls

Second Advisor

Richard Skuza

Third Advisor

Sarah Straub

Fourth Advisor

Dustin Joubert


The academic achievement gap among Black males in grades 6-8 across Texas is a growing concern. Based on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR), secondary data from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) was used to evaluate scores from a sample of Texas rural schools. In this quantitative, non-experimental methods study, the dependent variable examined was the STAAR reading score at the “meets grade level,” and the independent dichotomous variables examined were: race, whether or not the student was classified in one of the following groups: ECD, at-risk, and special education. Academic trends from the 2017-2019 academic school years suggested there were few statistical differences in STAAR reading performance between the Black and White male students in the years examined in this study. These findings will benefit teachers and administrators of K-12 schools in the selected districts. Future recommendations are discussed.

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