Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males

Posted by on August 25, 2008

‘Drastic’ outcomes for black male students detailed in Schott report

A new take on the troubling story of poor educational outcomes for black males comes from the Schott Foundation for Public Education in a report titled “Given Half a Chance: The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males.” It is, says Schott, a “drastic range of outcomes.” Part of the picture: graduation rates below 50 percent nationally for black male students, excess referrals to special education programs, and disproportionately high rates of suspension and expulsion. The report, which provides details for 25 states and the District of Columbia, highlights the comparatively poor record of large urban school systems representing 40 percent of the black males in public schools. Black male students tend to fare better in states and areas with lower black populations, where schools are often more diverse and have more resources, the report says, while nationally, the graduation rate for black males trails the rate for white mails by 28 percentage points.

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