Here’s one clue as to why the college graduation rate for black men is so low: take a look at high school.

According to an article by Jamaal Abdul-Alim in Diverse Issues in Higher Education:

[There are] large disparities in the graduation rate between Black males and their White counterparts. So says a new report being released today from the Cambridge, Mass.-based Schott Foundation for Public Education.

The Schott report singled out six states—New York, Nebraska, Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana—as having the worst graduation outcomes.

According to the Schott report, only one U.S. state with a considerable black population has a high school graduation rate higher than 65 percent, New Jersey. The report says this likely due to higher per pupil education spending.

New Jersey has the second highest spending in America. Interestingly, the state with the highest per pupil spending is New York, which has one of the worst black male graduation rates in the country.

Read the Schott Foundation report here.

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Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer