In 2009-10, the national graduation rate for Latino males was 58%. The graduation rate for White, non-Latino males was 78%. The Latino/White male graduation gap was 20 percentage points. Among the 10 states with the largest Latino enrollments, Arizona, New Jersey and California have the highest graduation rate for Latino male students, while New York, Colorado and Georgia have the lowest. New York and Colorado also have the largest gaps among these states, while Florida and New Mexico have the smallest.
Overall, as with Black males, the states in which the Latino male graduation rate is the highest are among those in which the Latino enrollment is the lowest: Alaska, Vermont, and New Hampshire. New York, the District of Columbia, Massachusetts and Minnesota have the largest graduation gaps for Latino males.
Several states have poor graduation outcomes for both Black and Latino males. Vermont, Idaho, Oregon and Alaska are all ranked in the top 10 in graduation rates for both Black and Latino males. New York, Georgia, South Carolina, Delaware and the District of Columbia all rank in the bottom 10 in graduation rates for both Black and Latino males. These bottom-ranking states are the first group of states where reform agendas should be investigated, revamped and monitored.
Ultimately, whether Latino or Black several states have high graduation rates and several are poor educational outcomes for both. These are among that first that should have their pushout strategies address and their reform agenda revamped.
Graduation rates are calculated as the percentage of the students enrolled in ninth grade receiving diplomas four years later. Graduation rates use the number of graduates obtained from state data, estimated from state data and National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) data, or estimated from historical data trends.