Great News! Latino Male Graduation Rates Are Improving

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Latino male graduation rates have gone up in recent years, although large gaps still exist between the Latino and white rate in many states.

According to a new study from the Schott Foundation for Public Education, the graduation rate for Latino males from four-year public high schools has risen nationally to 65 percent, up from 59 percent in the 2009-2010 school year. That compares to the rate for white, non-Hispanic students, which stands at 80 percent, and the black graduate rate, which stands at 59 percent. 

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Although the study primarily focused upon black enrollment (in light of the #BlackLivesMatter movement), it provided some valuable insight into Latino education rates. 

"The data in the Schott report show a mixed story," said Deborah Santiago, co-founder and CEO of Excelencia in Education, who reviewed the report for NBC News

"Identifying the 10 states with the lowest Latino male graduation rates — including New York and Colorado — highlights the need for more concrete and targeted efforts in those states to accelerate Latino males' high school success," she argued. 

The study reports that Latino young men graduates at the lowest rates in Colorado, Michigan and New Mexico (59 percent), Washington (58 percent), Georgia and New York (57 percent), District of Columbia (56 percent), Utah (55 percent), Connecticut (52 percent), and Nevada (44 percent.)

For more information on suspension rates, reading proficiency, and more, read the full report

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