Yes We Can: The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males, 2010

by Michael Holzman

Aug 1, 2010

An overwhelming majority of U.S. school districts and states are failing to provide the resources black males need to close the graduation gap. The report breaks down graduation rates for black, non-Hispanic male students by district and state, and compares these rates with their white peers. It also analyzes states by education inequity and National Assessment of Educational Progress scores.
  • The 2007-2008 four-year graduation rate for black males in the U.S. was 47 percent.
  • New York City, the district with the nation's highest enrollment of black students, only graduated 28 percent of its black male students with Regents diplomas on time.
  • New Jersey's Abbott plan demonstrates that when equitable resources are available to all students, systemic change at the state level can yield significant results. New Jersey is now the only state with a significant black population to have an above 65 percent high school graduation rate for black male students.
  • Behind New Jersey, the states with black male student enrollment exceeding 100,000 that have the highest black male graduation rates are Maryland (55 percent), California (54 percent), and Pennsylvania (53 percent).
  • Some states with small populations – such as Maine, North Dakota, New Hampshire, and Vermont – have higher black male graduation rates than the national white male average.