The Department of Public Instruction statistics’ state wide report reveals that African-American students’s struggles extend far outside the classroom.
A report released on Thursday by state officials in Madison, Wis., reveals that less than two-thirds of Black students have been able to graduate from Wisconsin high schools for four straight academic years.
According to the Department of Public Instruction statistics, the percentage of black students that graduated within four years in the class of 2015 fell a point behind the 2014 figure, which is 65 percent; whereas the figure for white students stayed at 92.9 percent for the two years.
Despite a reported overall increase in graduation rates for racial and ethnic groups, including American Indians, blacks, Asians, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders and biracial children, over the last five years, black students’ rates barely increased during this period.
According to Frank Humphrey, president of the Wisconsin Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the poor rates are a reflection of underlying failure in the systems going as far back as kindergarten.
Humphrey noted lack of black teachers, low expectations for black students and personal difficulties at home as some of the main roots causing the poor performance.
The findings reveal shocking disparities in the academic potential of white and black students to conclude that no single factor is squarely responsible for the poor rate.
Many analyst and experts have expressed that these disparities should be addressed through the collective efforts all and sundry, and should not only be regarded as an educational problem.
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