Racial Diversity In Public Schools

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Since 2014, the racial diversity in United States public schools has been at an all time high, with students of color outnumbering their white peers. Although minority populations enrolled in public schools has increased, resulting in the acceleration of graduation rates for historically disadvantaged groups like African-Americans and Latinos, school systems continue to fail to foster the academic success of Native Americans and properly encourage them to obtain their high school diplomas. The graduation rates of Native Americans exemplify this inadequacy of the school system, as graduation rates have been on a downward trend since 2008, according the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center (Maxwell). In the seven states with the highest percentage of Natives, less than 50 percent of Native students graduate from high school each year on average. Compared to the 83 percent of students who earned a high school diploma nationwide in 2015, the public school’s sheer failure to provide Native Americans with extensive educational support is unmistakable. Not only are Native American graduation rates slashed in comparison to the national average, but they are also lower than any other racial group. As shown in Figure 1, graduation rates of Native students are significantly lower than any other minority group. Between 1999 and 2010, Black graduation rates, which were once equal to that of the Natives, have augmented by 12.9%, while Native Americans have observed almost no

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