The nation’s high school graduation rose to 71.7 percent in 2008, the most recent year for which data are available, according to the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center. Over the decade, the graduation rate rose by 6.1 percentage points.
Asian-Americans have the highest graduation rate, 83 percent, and whites are next at 78 percent. Fifty-eight percent of Latinos, 57 percent of African-Americans and 54 percent of Native Americans earned a diploma.
On average, 68 percent of male students earn a diploma compared with 75 percent of female students, a 7-percentage-point gender gap that has remained virtually unchanged for years. High school completion rates for minority males consistently fall near or below the 50 percent mark.
On Community College Spotlight, I’ve got one post after another about high school graduates with B averages ending up in remedial classes at community colleges in California, Pennsylvania and Chicago. It’s depressing to be reminded that nearly a third of students — half of black and Latino males — never earn a diploma. They are doomed in the workforce. Even with a GED, they’re doomed.