In a report released this week by the Schott Foundation for Public Education, researchers examine the four-year graduation rate of black males in public education. Out of the 48 states where data was collected in 2012-13, black males represented the lowest graduation rates in 35 states and the District of Columbia.

The national graduation rate for black males was 59%, with the highest graduation rate in Maine at 90%, and the lowest in Nevada at 40%. The national average for white males is 80%. Many Midwestern states, including Illinois, Nebraska, and Minnesota, had more than a 25-percentage point gap between black male and white male graduation rates. These statistics, according to the report, are a result of a systemic problem that needs to change.

The report suggested several “action steps” to remedy the disparity including the following:

—Meet student-centered needs
—Collect and report quality data
—Investment from the private sector
—Community and philanthropic engagement

In the preface of the report, CEO John H. Jackson pushes for action, “We release this report to challenge systems and advocates alike to take action beyond articulating the narrative of ‘Black Lives Matter.’ We urge action steps to track what matters, support what matters, and provide a healthy living and learning climate and an opportunity to learn for all who matter.”