The Racial Gap in Four-Year High School Graduation Rates

The United States Department of Education recently compiled a new report on high school graduation rates in the United States. Nationwide, in the 2017-18 academic year, 85.3 percent of all students graduated from high school in four years.

For White Americans, 89.1 percent of all students graduated from high school in four years. For African Americans, the figure was 79.0 percent. Hispanics students had a graduation rate of 81.0 percent.

The highest Black student high school graduation rate was in the state of Alabama. There, 87.7 percent of all Black students earned their high school diplomas within four years. This was just 3.8 percentage points lower than the rate for Whites.  Texas had the second-highest graduation rate for Black students at 86.5 percent.

The lowest Black student high school graduation of 67 percent was in the District of Columbia. States where the Black student graduation rate was below 70 percent, included Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, and Wisconsin.

In all 50 states, the graduation rate for White students was higher than the rate for Black students. In Wisconsin, the Black student high school graduation rate was 24.1 percentage points lower than the rate for White students. In addition to Alabama, the states with the smallest racial gaps in graduation rates between Blacks and Whites included Hawaii, West Virginia, and Rhode Island.


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  1. Nahomy Garay says:

    I think everyone needs to have the opportunities to graduated and have a opportunities to get a college

    • Shawn Crowther says:

      They ALL have the opportunity to graduate, they just fail to do so. Most of the time because they don’t want to work hard enough to get the job done. I am a high school teacher.

      • Marcus Washington says:

        You should be fired you racist pos.

        • Ken says:

          Typical liberal response, attack the messenger instead of refuting the message. The truth is hard to take, but after 30 years of affirmative action in education and hiring, we still have a problem with some minorities applying themselves. Other minorities, like Asian Americans, have excelled despite more severe hardships than African Americans face.

          • David Lawson says:

            That sounds like a typical WHITE Conservative response Ken; – and EXACTLY wtf do you mean when you say that other minorities suffered “more severe hardships” than blacks? Do you think I’m kidding Ken? NO…I am NOT kidding. Explain yourself CLEARLY in proving your point.

      • Paul says:

        Read Thomas Sowell [Weakth, Poverty and Politics], or Ben Carson [Created Equal]
        It’s a “cultural” issue. Black parents do not read to their children like white and Asian parents do. Negative peer pressure prevents black students from excelling, becsuse they don’t want to be accused of “acting white” or being a “race traitor”. This needs to change!

      • David Lawson says:

        Really Shawn? As a teacher, how much of yourself did you invest into non-white students? Did you press as hard on them to succeed as much as you pressed on white students?

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