Racial Disparities in Educational Attainment in Washington D.C


In a recent analysis of racial disparities in educational attainment, distinct patterns emerged between the White and Black populations in Washington, DC. The most significant disparities were observed in the attainment of “Bachelor’s degree” and higher educational levels, as well as in the lower educational tiers, particularly among those with less than a high school diploma.
  • 36.08% of the White population held a “Bachelor’s degree,” compared to 18.24% of the Black population.
  • The percentage of White individuals with a “Master’s degree” was 30.06%, more than double the percentage of Black individuals at 11.05%.
  • For “Professional degrees beyond a bachelor’s degree,” 14.30% of White individuals held such degrees, compared to 3.75% of Black individuals.
  • A marked difference was also seen in “Doctorate degree” holders, with 6.03% for White and 1.26% for Black populations.
On the other end of the spectrum:
  • A higher percentage of the Black population, 8.84%, had “Less than a high school Diploma,” compared to 1.29% of the White population.
  • 24.61% of the Black population held a “Regular high school diploma,” more than eight times the 2.90% of the White population.
  • 3.80% of Black individuals attained a “GED or alternative credential,” compared to only 0.19% of White individuals.
These disparities highlight the significance of addressing the underlying socio-economic, systemic, and educational factors that contribute to these differences. A comprehensive understanding and intervention can pave the way for a more equitable educational landscape for all, irrespective of racial background

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