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As part of an annual report, the Schott Foundation for Public Education analyzed data for male student graduation rates, suspensions and proficiency, as well as the gaps between blacks and whites in those areas.

Mirroring the results of a local analysis, Wisconsin did not fare well.

The Schott Foundation report showed that the state led the U.S. in the gap between suspension rates for black males and their white counterparts in the 2012-13 school year cohort. Wisconsin had the second highest gap in graduation rates among the 48 states available for study (49 including the District of Columbia).

And in eighth grade proficiency rates, Wisconsin was second to the bottom for black males in reading and third-last in math, although rates for some states were not available.

The report, released last week, was intended to draw attention to the danger in "a practically insurmountable chasm of denied educational opportunities" that puts young black men on a path to poverty, Schott Foundation president and CEO John H. Jackson wrote.

"Simply stated, while most will say Black lives matter and are important, the four-year graduation results in this report indicate that most states and localities operate at best, and have created at worse, climates that often don't foster healthy living and learning environments for Black males," Jackson wrote in a preface to the report.

In 2013, the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families analyzed Dane County data that showed significant racial disparities locally. The Race to Equity report helped launch efforts to examine Madison's issues with race. The Cap Times has covered those on our Together Apart page.

Use the interactive graphic below to show how Wisconsin fared in the areas studied by the Schott Foundation report. Where fewer than 51 states (including the District of Columbia) are listed, it indicates some states had insufficient data for analysis or the data did not meet reporting standards.


Todd D. Milewski covers Wisconsin Badgers men's hockey and the UW Athletic Department for the Wisconsin State Journal.

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