Why aren't more black male students graduating on time?

Fewer than half of the country's black male students graduated from high school on time during the 2007-08 school year, according to the Massachusetts-based Schott Foundation for Public Education. In that same year, 78% of white males graduated with their peers, data show. John H. Jackson, the foundation's CEO and president, said achievement among black male students would improve through a focus on early learning, highly effective instructors, rigorous coursework and other factors.

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