State Graduation Data

STATES OF EMERGENCY

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The estimated national 2012-13 graduation rate for Black males was 59%.

As Table 1 indicates, Black males graduated at the highest rates in Maine, Idaho, Arizona, South Dakota and New Jersey — each with estimated graduation rates of over 75%. The majority of the states with the top ten highest Black male graduation rates have smaller than average Black male enrollment. New Jersey and Tennessee were the only two states with significant Black male enrollments to have over a 70% Black male graduation rate.

Table 2 shows the alarming data for states with the lowest estimated graduation rate for Black males — Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, Louisiana, Indiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Nebraska, the District of Columbia and Nevada, each at 55% or less.

With over a 21-percentage point gap respectively, Connecticut, New York, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Nebraska, Nevada, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin have some of the largest gaps between the Black male graduation rate and the White male graduation rates. The majority of the states with the largest gaps are in the Midwest region of the country.

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TABLE 1: HIGHEST RANKED STATES FOR BLACK MALES

  GRAD RATES GAP
State Black Latino White Black/White Latino/White
State Black Latino White Black/White Latino/White
Maine 90.1% 81.1% 80.7% -9.4 -0.4
Idaho 80.4% 72.7% 81.3% 0.9 8.7
Arizona 77.3% 65.3% 73.3% -4.0 8.0
South Dakota 76.9% 65.8% 82.9% 6.0 17.1
New Jersey 75.8% 77.1% 92.3% 16.5 15.1
Montana 73.4% 71.8% 82.7% 9.3 10.9
Hawaii 73.2% 71.4% 70.2% -3.0 -1.2
New Hampshire 70.6% 61.4% 83.0% 12.4 21.5
Tennessee 70.3% 73.7% 81.1% 10.8 7.4
Colorado 69.1% 58.7% 82.0% 12.9 23.3
Rhode Island 68.4% 62.5% 76.2% 7.7 13.7
Massachusetts 68.1% 61.3% 84.4% 16.3 23.1
West Virginia 68.1% 78.9% 75.1% 7.0 -3.8

TABLE 2: LOWEST RANKED STATES FOR BLACK MALES

  GRAD RATES GAP
State Black Latino White Black/White Latino/White
State Black Latino White Black/White Latino/White
Nevada 40.2% 43.8% 61.5% 21.3 17.7
Nebraska 50.0% 63.8% 86.1% 36.2 22.3
South Carolina 51.2% 61.5% 67.9% 16.6 6.3
Indiana 51.3% 64.1% 75.0% 23.7 10.9
Mississippi 51.4% 60.5% 63.4% 12.0 2.9
Louisiana 53.1% 69.7% 69.1% 15.9 -0.7
Michigan 53.7% 59.3% 79.6% 25.9 20.3
Ohio 53.9% 62.3% 83.9% 29.9 21.5
Georgia 55.3% 57.4% 70.6% 15.3 13.2
District of Columbia 56.3% 56.4% 67.8% 11.6 11.4

TABLE 3: 2012-2013 NATIONAL GRADUATION ESTIMATES

  GRAD RATES GAP
State Black Latino White Black/White Latino/White
State Black Latino White Black/White Latino/White
Maine 90.1% 81.1% 80.7% -9.4 -0.4
Idaho 80.4% 72.7% 81.3% 0.9 8.7
Arizona 77.3% 65.3% 73.3% -4.0 8.0
South Dakota 76.9% 65.8% 82.9% 6.0 17.1
New Jersey 75.8% 77.1% 92.3% 16.5 15.1
Montana 73.4% 71.8% 82.7% 9.3 10.9
Hawaii 73.2% 71.4% 70.2% -3.0 -1.2
New Hampshire 70.6% 61.4% 83.0% 12.4 21.5
Tennessee 70.3% 73.7% 81.1% 10.8 7.4
Colorado 69.1% 58.7% 82.0% 12.9 23.3
Rhode Island 68.4% 62.5% 76.2% 7.7 13.7
Massachusetts 68.1% 61.3% 84.4% 16.3 23.1
West Virginia 68.1% 78.9% 75.1% 7.0 -3.8
Kentucky 66.9% 73.7% 75.9% 9.0 2.2
Minnesota 66.6% 61.8% 89.7% 23.1 27.9
Maryland 66.3% 72.3% 84.2% 18.0 11.9
Missouri 65.7% 76.0% 84.5% 18.8 8.6
Texas 65.0% 70.2% 81.4% 16.4 11.2
Oklahoma 64.6% 68.0% 78.5% 13.8 10.5
Oregon 64.5% 68.1% 75.8% 11.3 7.7
Kansas 64.3% 68.0% 84.2% 19.9 16.2
Utah 63.3% 55.3% 78.9% 15.5 23.5
Iowa 63.2% 72.7% 86.3% 23.1 13.7
Arkansas 61.7% 71.7% 73.8% 12.2 2.1
Virginia 61.7% 68.2% 80.4% 18.8 12.2
California 61.6% 67.4% 81.8% 20.2 14.4
Pennsylvania 61.3% 63.4% 84.9% 23.6 21.5
Delaware 61.0% 60.9% 75.8% 14.8 14.9
North Carolina 60.9% 62.8% 77.3% 16.4 14.5
New Mexico 59.5% 59.2% 68.2% 8.7 9.0
Wisconsin 59.2% 73.1% 93.6% 34.4 20.6
United States 59.0% 65.0% 79.7% 20.7 23.9
Illinois 58.6% 67.6% 85.2% 26.5 17.6
Connecticut 58.3% 51.9% 79.1% 20.8 27.2
New York 57.4% 57.2% 84.8% 27.4 27.6
Wyoming 57.2% 65.7% 77.0% 19.7 11.3
Washington 57.1% 58.1% 72.7% 15.7 14.6
Alabama 56.7% 60.5% 72.2% 15.6 11.7
Alaska 56.4% 82.1% 74.1% 17.7 -8.0
District of Columbia 56.3% 56.4% 67.8% 11.6 11.4
Florida 55.9% 63.9% 68.8% 12.9 4.9
Georgia 55.3% 57.4% 70.6% 15.3 13.2
Ohio 53.9% 62.3% 83.9% 29.9 21.5
Michigan 53.7% 59.3% 79.6% 25.9 20.3
Louisiana 53.1% 69.7% 69.1% 15.9 -0.7
Mississippi 51.4% 60.5% 63.4% 12.0 2.9
Indiana 51.3% 64.1% 75.0% 23.7 10.9
South Carolina 51.2% 61.5% 67.9% 16.6 6.3
Nebraska 50.0% 63.8% 86.1% 36.2 22.3
Nevada 40.2% 43.8% 61.5% 21.3 17.7
North Dakota % 63.0% 89.5% 26.4
Vermont % % 88.7%