Opportunity Gap - Key Data

The opportunity gap takes a huge toll on students

47%

The percentage of black males who graduate from high school.

Source: Yes We Can: The Schott 50-State Report on Public Education and Black Males

1.2 million

The number of students who drop out of high school each year. That's one student every 26 seconds, or 6,400 students every day.

Source: Editorial Projects in Education, Diplomas Count, 2011.

58%

The percentage of Latinos in the class of 2008 that finished high school with a diploma; 57 percent of African-Americans and 54 percent of Native Americans graduated.

Source: Editorial Projects in Education, Diplomas Count, 2011.

3,000

The number of schools that do not offer Algebra 2 classes (excluding some 500,000 students).

Source: U.S. Department of Education's Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC), 2011

2 million

The number of students who have no access to calculus classes (in 7,300 schools).

Source: U.S. Department of Education's Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC), 2011

Closing the opportunity gap must begin early

22%

The percentage of local education agencies that operate Pre-K programs targeting children from low-income families.

Source: U.S. Department of Education's Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC), 2011

21%

The percentage of poor young children ages 3 to 6 years old who were able to recognize all26 letters of the alphabet, compared with 35 percent living above poverty.

Source: Child Trends DataBank (2007 data)

24%

The percent of children under 5 years old who are Latino and who also have low levels of school readiness and have the least access to formal early care and education programs.

Source: National Council of La Raza, White Paper, February 2010.

The stakes are high for all of us

23 million

The number of college graduates the United States must produce by 2020 to meet President Obama's goal for the United States to become the most highly educated nation in the world.

Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

35th

The United States' ranking out of the top 40 countries in math. The United States is 291h out of those 40 countries in science.

Source: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

12%

The unemployment rate in March 2011 for people with only a high school diploma. That rate is 4.5 percent for college graduates, and 2 percent for those with a professional degree.

Source: The Atlantic, Can the Middle Class be Saved, September 2077.

47%

The percentage of Americans who believe their kids will have a higher standard of living as adults than they themselves now enjoy, a dramatic drop from 62 percent in 2009; 59 percent says it will be harder for their children to move up the income ladder.

Source: Pew Economic Mobility Project, 2011.