Large District Data for Black Males

In an effort to better understand the outcomes for Black males at the local level, the Schott Foundation analyzed 2011-12 four-year graduation estimate data primarily for districts that enroll 10,000 or more Black male students.

Most Black males in the U.S. are enrolled in large urban districts. Tables 7 and 8 highlight districts’ Black male graduation rate for Black and White male students, sorted by highest and lowest Black male graduation rates. Among the large urban districts, Montgomery County, MD (69%) has the largest 2011-12 estimated Black male graduation rate in the country, followed by Baltimore County, MD (67%, ), Fort Bend, TX (64%), Cumberland County, NC (61%), and Guilford County, NC (57%). Inversely, among the large urban districts, Detroit, MI (23%) has the lowest Black male graduation rate in the country (in Detroit only 13% of White males graduate from high school within a four year period), followed by Philadelphia, PA (26%), Clark County, NV (27%), Pinellas County, FL (28%), Cleveland, OH (28%), New York, NY (28%), Chatham County, GA (28%), Richmond County, GA (29%), Duvall County, FL (29%), and Norfolk, VA (31%).

With a 21 percentage point or more gap, the following large urban districts have some of the largest gaps between the White male graduation rate and the Black male graduation rate: Atlanta, GA; Charleston County, SC; Charlotte-Mecklenburg, NC; Chicago, IL; Cobb County, GA; Dekalb County, GA; District of Columbia; Fulton County, GA; Guilford County, NC; Hillsborough County, FL; Houston, TX; Los Angeles, CA; Miami-Dade, FL; New York City, NY; Orange County, CA; Palm Beach, FL; Pittsburgh, PA; Wake County, NC.

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TABLE 7: HIGHEST RANKED DISTRICTS FOR BLACK MALES

  GRAD RATES GAP
District State Enrollment Black White Black/White
District State Enrollment Black White Black/White
Newark NJ 9,697 75% 64% -11
Montgomery County MD 16,023 69% 89% 20
Baltimore County MD 20,836 67% 76% 9
Fort Bend TX 10,559 64% 82% 18
Cumberland County NC 12,119 61% 67% 6
Guilford County NC 15,246 57% 80% 23
Prince George's County MD 44,774 55% 58% 3
Cobb County GA 17,112 51% 75% 24
Wake County NC 18,570 51% 82% 31
Virginia Beach VA 8,931 51% 68% 17

TABLE 8: LOWEST RANKED DISTRICTS FOR BLACK MALES

  GRAD RATES GAP
District State Enrollment Black White Black/White
District State Enrollment Black White Black/White
Rochester NY 9,843 21% 38% 17
Detroit MI 31,323 23% 13% -10
Philadelphia PA 41,620 26% 36% 10
Clark County NV 20,185 27% 45% 18
Cleveland OH 14,783 28% 34% 6
New York City NY 143,972 28% 54% 26
Chatham County GA 10,992 28% 44% 16
Pinellas County FL 10,251 28% 54% 26
Duval County FL 28,116 29% 47% 18
Richmond County GA 11,985 29% 34% 5
Charleston County SC 9,947 30% 59% 30
Norfolk VA 10,578 31% 50% 19

TABLE 11: 2012-2013 NATIONAL GRADUATION ESTIMATES

  GRAD RATES GAP
District State Enrollment Black White Black/White
District State Enrollment Black White Black/White
Newark NJ 9,697 75% 64% -11
Montgomery County MD 16,023 69% 89% 20
Baltimore County MD 20,836 67% 76% 9
Fort Bend TX 10,559 64% 82% 18
Cumberland County NC 12,119 61% 67% 6
Guilford County NC 15,246 57% 80% 23
Prince George's County MD 44,774 55% 58% 3
Cobb County GA 17,112 51% 75% 24
Wake County NC 18,570 51% 82% 31
Virginia Beach VA 8,931 51% 68% 17
Gwinnett County GA 24,603 50% 63% 13
Boston MA 9,697 49% 64% 15
Nashville-Davidson TN 18,254 47% 57% 10
Dekalb County GA 34,339 46% 69% 23
Fulton County GA 19,502 46% 81% 35
East Baton Rouge Parish LA 17,481 46% 46% 0
Broward County FL 51,656 46% 61% 15
Pittsburgh PA 7,400 44% 68% 24
Milwaukee WI 23,069 43% 55% 12
Memphis TN 44,631 43% 60% 17
Jefferson County KY 18,958 43% 48% 5
Houston TX 25,936 42% 69% 27
Hillsborough County FL 21,678 41% 65% 24
Los Angeles CA 27,108 41% 63% 22
Chicago IL 82,060 41% 64% 23
Charlotte-Mecklenburg NC 30,035 41% 71% 29
Orange County FL 25,074 41% 63% 22
Birmingham AL 11,854 41% 46% 5
Mobile County AL 15,243 40% 51% 11
District of Columbia MD 16,554 40% 73% 33
Jefferson Parish LA 10,616 39% 50% 11
Polk County FL 10,518 38% 54% 16
Palm Beach County FL 25,703 38% 61% 23
Caddo Parish LA 13,396 38% 57% 19
Baltimore City MD 36,473 38% 41% 3
Montgomery County AL 11,675 38% 49% 11
Columbus OH 14,784 38% 44% 6
Miami-Dade FL 42,577 38% 63% 25
Atlanta GA 23,530 38% 71% 33
Dallas TX 19,667 37% 51% 14
Clayton County GA 18,448 36% 24% -12
Jackson MS 14,599 35% 34% -1
St. Louis MO 9,354 35% 44% 9
Cincinnati OH 10,596 33% 51% 18
Norfolk VA 10,578 31% 50% 19
Charleston County SC 9,947 30% 59% 30
Duval County FL 28,116 29% 47% 18
Richmond County GA 11,985 29% 34% 5
Pinellas County FL 10,251 28% 54% 26
Chatham County GA 10,992 28% 44% 16
Cleveland OH 14,783 28% 34% 6
New York City NY 143,972 28% 54% 26
Clark County NV 20,185 27% 45% 18
Philadelphia PA 41,620 26% 36% 10
Detroit MI 31,323 23% 13% -10
Rochester NY 9,843 21% 38% 17