Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Disparity in Educational Attainment by Sex, Race Persists

A U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report on the educational attainment level of young adults shows that educational disparities among Americans of different races and sex continue to persist. Findings suggest that women are outpacing men in education: In October of the year they turned twenty-four years old, 19 percent of men had received a bachelor's degree, compared with 28 percent of women.
And the gap between whites and non-whites is also significant: "Non-Hispanic whites are nearly three times as likely as Hispanics or Latinos to have received their bachelor’s degree at age 24. Twenty-eight percent of non-Hispanic whites had received their bachelor’s degree, compared with 11 percent of non-Hispanic blacks and 10 percent of Hispanics or Latinos." The gap is apparent before college, too: "Non-Hispanic blacks and Hispanics or Latinos are about twice as likely as non-Hispanic whites to be high school dropouts in the October they were age 24."

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