Document Number: 6529Who Graduates in the South? Minority Students Lag Behind, Effects of Segregation Persist - Graduation rates for the class of 2002 show that less than 65% of students attending public schools in the South complete high school with a regular diploma. Additionally, although graduation rates have improved for all major racial or ethnic groups in recent years, a 27% gap exists between the highest- and lowest-performing groups. This brief discusses which groups in the South are most segregated, the link between segregation and graduation and examines data for the region as a whole in addition to statistics for selected states and districts. (Christopher B. Swanson, The Urban Institute, May 2005)...