White and Black Parents May Be Overly Optimistic About the Educational Prospects of Their Children

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education finds that a majority of both black and white parents of children in grades 6 through 12 expect their offspring to complete a four-year college education. The data shows that 66 percent of white parents and 64 percent of black parents believe their children will obtain a bachelor’s degree.

Reality Check: Today about one in three young whites and one in five young blacks actually achieve a four-year college degree.