Thursday, August 26, 2010

Report Finds That Fewer Than Half of African American Males Graduate On Time

A new report from the Schott Foundation for Public Education reveals that the overall graduation rate for African America males attending U.S. public schools during the 2007-2008 was 47%.

According to the 2010 Schott State Report on Black Males in Public Education, half of the states in the county have graduation rates for African American males below the national average for students.

To find out how your state is doing, please visit the national map of Individual State Report Cards.

In Ohio, for example, African American male youth are:
  • Six times more likely to be expelled
  • Twice as likely to be diagnosed with mental retardation
  • Half as likely to be entered into gifted/talented programs
The overall opportunities to learn provided for African American male youth in Ohio were determined to be 21% that of other students.

This is a percentage that needs to change.

The Report Summary contains a helpful chart on page 9 that maps out the Conditions for Success vs. Conditions for Failure.

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This is so incredibly depressing, as a human being who cares about other human beings, but especially as the foster parent of a beautiful and troubled 9 year old African-American/biracial male. The stakes are so high when it comes to getting him through school and helping him love learning.
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