Fewer black Americans are dropping out of high school and more are earning associate’s degrees, but racial disparities still plague the U.S. education system, according to the National Urban League’s “State of Black America 2017” report.
The organization’s annual study bases its conclusions on an equality index in which the quality of life for white Americans in various areas — such as income and social justice — is valued at an even 100%. The quality of life for African Americans, and now Hispanic Americans, is measured against that.
The annual report, the 41st completed by the organization, will be officially released to the public Tuesday morning in Washington.
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Among the findings:
- The equality index for black Americans when it comes to education grew from 77.4% to 78.2%
- The overall equality index for African Americans is 72.3%, up from 72.2% the year before
- The social justice index for black Americans dipped from 60.9% to 57.4%
- The health index for black Americans grew from 79.4% in 2016 to 80% in the 2017 report