“Black males are less likely to graduate from high school in four years than their white peers. Only 52% of black males who entered high school in 2006 graduated in four years, compared with 78% of white non-Latino males and 58% of Latino males.” Huffington Post, 9/19/12
Black male students appear to be on the top of all of the wrong academic lists as it relates to dropout statistics, special education referrals and suspension/expulsion rates. Given this reality, what might we learn from black males who are successfully navigating their secondary school experiences?
According to Schott Foundation for Public Education’s Report, Black Lives Matter, the state of Michigan has one of the lowest graduation rates for Black Males. “With over a 25-percentage point gap respectively, Connecticut, New York, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, 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.”
Not only are graduation rates low for Black males, but so are the rates for reading and math proficiency. The data from the National Association of Educational Progress (NAEP) Grade 3 and 8 reading and mathematics outcomes (seen in a chart below), show significant gaps.
On March 23, 2015, Dr. Brandy Lovelady Mitchell and Dr. Dorothy VanderJagt developed the second Kent ISD webinar in a series for the Principal Sharing Network. In this 45-minute webinar, “Beyond Hoops- High Achieving Black Males“, we shift the focus from the pathologies to the success stories of black males.
This webinar will activate your thinking about the type of educational experiences your black male students are having. We will also grapple with concepts that may assist you in strengthening your efforts in serving this segment of your student body.
Dr. Brandy Lovelady Mitchell’s doctoral-level research coupled with her 15 years of service in a K-12 school setting will inform this webinar. Dr. Lovelady Mitchell and Dr. Dorothy VanderJagt invite you to share your voice, ideas, and experiences in the comments below as we strive to maximize the potential of school-aged black males and staff who serve them!
Click here to watch this webinar.
Gamboa, Suzanne. "High School Graduation Rate for Black Males Trails White Students." The Huffington Post, September 19, 2012. "Black Lives Matter: The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males." Schott Foundation for Public Edcuation, 2015.