American Education in Numbers: Part 2

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'Most of our contemporary education rhetoric has conflated race-based and sex-based outcomes for decades. Education data that uses race as a demographic without also disaggregating by sex is almost always misleading, and the policies and programs that follow the aforementioned practice are often predicated on a disproportionate understanding of educational data. This practice has done more than hurt particular groups; it has created barriers and entrenched students and their families into an endless cycle of woeful educational outcomes.

While much has been done to advance the education of our nation’s daughters, our nation’s sons have been uniformly falling behind, and it’s a significant reason race alone is not a suitable measure when it comes to understanding educational outcomes. In 2020, for instance, the overall high school graduation rates from the lowest income quartile of blacks was 77.3%, compared to whites (79.3%), Hispanics (83.1%), and Asians (94.3%). Looking at the data more closely reveals that black females (80.4%) and Hispanic females (86.7%) from the lowest income quartile graduated high school at higher rates than black males (73.8%), white males (75.7%), and Hispanic males (79.4%), although the difference between Hispanic males and black females is statistically insignificant.

More telling, however, is the college participation rates in these same economic groups. Black, Hispanic, and white females are fairing much better than black, white, and Hispanic males, not simply within their own racial and ethnic groups but across nearly all racial and ethnic groups. Black females, for instance, are not simply doing better than black males; they are doing better than Hispanic and white males.'

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