New data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that 4.8 percent of all young African Americans ages 15 to 24 dropped out of high school from October 2008 to October 2009. This is double the rate for Whites which stood at 2.4 percent. Some 77,000 African Americans dropped out of high school in the one-year period.
The data also showed that 9.3 percent of all African Americans ages 16 to 24 in October 2009 did not have a high school diploma or the equivalent and were no longer enrolled in school. For Whites this so-called “status dropout rate” was 5.2 percent. There were 508,000 young African Americans in the United States that were considered high school dropouts.
The future economic prospects for this large group of young African Americans with a very low level of educational achievement are bleak.