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Monday, August 23, 2010

Study: Black males graduating at lower rates

Found this article via the Capitol Fax morning shorts. I'm excerpting the part that discusses a national study on this problem, but the rest of the article focuses on a suburban Chicago school district. It's worth reading the whole thing when you get a chance!
According to a national study released last week by the Schott Foundation for Education, less than half of black males graduated from high school for the 2007-08 school year.

According to the study, while 83 percent of white males graduated from high school in Illinois, only 47 percent of black males did. That's a smaller gap than the Illinois class of 2005-06, when 82 percent of white males graduated, but only 40 percent of black males. (The study did not show any statistics for ethnic groups other than black or white, or other genders.)

The overall conclusion is alarming, but not revolutionary: similar studies have shown a similar problem for years. In fact, when East Aurora School District spokesman Clayton Muhammad was graduating from East High in 1993, he was one of just 15 black males to graduate that year. At least four times that number had started with him as freshman.

It's a problem all the districts are painfully aware of.

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