Data from the E3 Alliance show non-low income African-American girls in Central Texas have the highest graduation rate of any group, around 98% for the Class of 2013. 87% of low income African-American girls graduated in the same year. We took a closer look at the data for this weekend’s News Briefs during PBS NewsHour Weekend.
“Our low income black women are not performing at the same level as the not-low income black women but they still are outperforming our boys across the board,” E3 Alliance Executive Director Susan Dawson said. “They’re wanting to become leaders, they’re wanting to demonstrate they have the capabilities to succeed. In fact, up to three-fourths of young African-American women are enrolling directly into college, as opposed to some student bodies where just 35% or 40% enroll directly into college.”
We wondered why the boys are falling behind, so we look at that on Sunday.
“Enter any kindergarten and you’ll see just as many boys as girls. But, by the time they graduate it’s completely a different number,” Dawson said. “The boys at first are very academic, but by the third or fourth grade you have more of them placed in special ed, you have more that are suspended. Once you get referred to special ed, it’s very hard to get back out.”
You can find more Central Texas education data on the E3 Alliance’s website.
KLRU News Briefs air locally during PBS NewsHour weekend, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 6:30. Both of these stories are part of KLRU’s American Graduate initiative, which is aimed at increasing awareness around the dropout crisis in Central Texas. Do you have an American Graduate story idea? We’d love to hear from you. Email us at CivicSummit@klru.org, post a comment, or tweet at us using #amgradtx.