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Black Lives Matter: The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males

Feb 11, 2015
This Schott Foundation report details four-year graduation rates during the 2012-13 school year of black, white, and Latino males nationally, by state, and in major urban districts, finding that a systemic lack of equity in the quality of educational supports and resources for black and Latino students creates an "opportunity gap."
  • National four-year public high school graduation rates were 59 percent for black males, 65 percent for Latino males, and 80 percent for white, non-Latino males.
  • The graduation gap between black and white males increased from 19 percentage points (2009-2010 school year) to 21 percentage points.
  • The majority of the states with the largest gaps between black and white male graduation rates were in the Midwest.
  • New Jersey and Tennessee were the only two states with significant black male enrollments to have black male graduation rates higher than 70 percent.
  • Nationally, 15 percent of black males received out-of-school suspensions, compared to 7 percent of Latino males and 5 percent of white males.
  • Black and Latino students are less likely to attend schools that offer Advanced Placement courses and are underrepresented in these classes.