ERIC Number: EJ906454
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov-3
Reference Count: N/A
City's Black Males Stay in School
Aarons, Dakarai I.
Education Week, v30 n10 p1, 18 Nov 2010
School leaders in Baltimore have mounted an offensive over the past three years to keep more students in school and on track. Last month, news came that the effort has produced a welcome dividend: Black male students are driving a marked increase in the district's graduation rate and a decrease in its dropout rate, and showing improvement at a faster clip than the rest of the system. The 82,000-student district's on-time graduation rate for black males increased from 51 percent in the 2006-07 school year to 57.3 percent in the 2009-10 school year--a 12.4 percent increase, district data show. Its overall graduation rate increased from 60 percent in 2006-07 to 66 percent in 2009-10--a 10 percent rise. Black students make up 87.8 percent of the district's enrollment. Nationwide, black males lag behind all other students except Native Americans in high school completion, according to a June report from the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center. That report, using federal data from the 2006-07 school year, found that just 46.7 percent of African-American male students graduated on time that year, compared with 73.7 percent of their white male counterparts. Michael D. Casserly, the executive director of the Washington-based Council of the Great City Schools, said Baltimore's trends are notable not only in the district's graduation and dropout rates, but also in its performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a set of congressionally mandated tests that serve as a national barometer of student achievement.
Descriptors: African American Students, Graduation Rate, Dropout Rate, Graduation, National Competency Tests, Males, Urban Schools, Academic Persistence, Racial Differences, School Holding Power, At Risk Students, White Students, American Indians, Hispanic American Students, Attitude Change, High School Graduates
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
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Identifiers - Location: Maryland