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Report On Black Males’ Graduation Rates Shows That Data Are Muddy

The Schott Foundation for Public Education released its biennial report about black males in U.S. public schools on Wednesday, estimating that 59 percent of black males graduated from high school on time in the 2012-2013 school year, compared to 65 percent of Latino males and 80 percent of white males.

But because those figures are estimates, even the Schott Foundation said it’s not clear how accurate they are. And while there is no dispute that black males are much less likely to graduate from high school than their white counterparts, the report does not offer a clear look at whether black males’ graduation rates are improving or backsliding.