Completion, Graduation, and Dropouts

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) prepares data, reports, and additional resources related to graduates and dropouts in Texas public schools.

Resources

Following is a list of resources related to graduates and dropouts in Texas public schools.

Data

Search for Texas public school completion, graduation, and dropout data by campus, district, county, and education service center region.

Reports

View reports on secondary school completion, graduation, and dropouts in Texas public schools.

Additional Documents

View presentations and technical documentation related to secondary school completion, graduation, and dropouts in Texas public schools.

Reports

The Accountability Research Unit in the Division of Research and Analysis publishes an annual report on graduates and dropouts in Texas public secondary schools, as well as special reports on related topics. The annual report includes state summaries of the annual dropout rate, longitudinal graduation, completion, and dropout rates, and state attrition rates. Supplements to the report present secondary school completion, graduation, and dropout data at the county, district, and campus levels.


Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 2012-13 (August 2014), PDF (1.6 MB)


Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 2011-12 (August 2013), PDF (1.8 MB)


Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 2010-11 (July 2012), PDF (1.5 MB)


Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 2009-10 (July 2011), PDF (1.5 MB)


Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 2008-09 (July 2010), PDF (1.2 MB)


Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 2007-08 (July 2009), PDF (1.1 MB)


Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 2006-07 (August 2008), PDF (1.2 MB)


Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 2005-06 (August 2007), PDF (1.1 MB)


Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 2004-05 (July 2006), PDF (608 KB)


Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 2003-04 (August 2005), PDF (592 KB)


Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 2002-03 (August 2004), PDF (544 KB)


Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 2001-02 (August 2003), PDF (735 KB)


Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 2000-01 (August 2002), PDF (695 KB)


Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 1999-00 (August 2001), PDF (1.4 MB)


Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 1998-99 (January 2001), PDF (507 KB)


Dropout Study: A Report to the 77th Texas Legislature (December 2000), PDF (340 KB)

  • Dropout rates published by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), a key component of the state's Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS), have been criticized in recent years for not presenting an accurate picture of the dropout phenomenon in Texas public schools. TEA Rider 71 of the General Appropriations Act (House Bill 1, 76th Texas Legislature, Regular Session) directed the Legislative Budget Board, State Auditor's Office, and TEA to conduct a study of the current system used to identify and report students who do not graduate from high school or those who drop out of school before enrolling in high school. Also, the study must determine the actual number and percentage of students who do not complete high school within four years of enrolling in 9th grade. This report presents the findings and recommendations from that study. The recommendations address three areas in which the current annual dropout rate has been criticized: dropout definition; dropout rate calculation; and data quality.

1997-98 Report on Public School Dropouts (September 1999), PDF (772 KB)


1996-97 Report on High School Completion Rates (August 1999), PDF (290 KB)


1996-97 Report on Public School Dropouts (August 1998), PDF (85 KB) (Note: Appendices A and B are not available in this PDF.)


Policy Research Report No. 8. High School Completion Rates: Investigating a Longitudinal Performance Measure for Texas Schools (October 1996), PDF (80 KB)

  • This report investigates issues surrounding the use of a longitudinal performance measure in the Texas integrated accountability system. A detailed discussion of a high school completion rate is presented, along with an overview of other school performance measures.

The following reports are not available in PDF. For additional information please e-mail the Texas Education Agency Office of Publications or contact the office by phone at 512-463-9744.

  • 1995-96 Report on Public School Dropouts (August 1997)
  • 1994-95 Report on Public School Dropouts (August 1996)
  • 1993-94 Report on Public School Dropouts (September 1995)
  • 1992-93 Report on Public School Dropouts (January 1995)

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Presentations

Following is a list of presentations related to graduates and dropouts in Texas public schools.

Update to Graduation and Dropout Rate Reporting; Texas Assessment Conference, February 2014, PDF (337 KB)


Update to Annual Dropout, Completion, and Graduation Rate Reporting; Texas Assessment Conference, December 2011, PDF (281 KB)


Update to Annual Dropout, Completion, and Graduation Rate Reporting; Texas Assessment Conference, December 2010, PDF (250 KB)


Update to Annual Dropout, Completion, and Graduation Rate Reporting; Texas Assessment Conference, December 2009, PDF (248 KB)


Annual Dropout, Graduation, and Completion Rates; Texas Association of School Administrators Midwinter Conference, January 2009, PDF (168 KB)


Annual Dropout, Completion, and Attrition Rates: Definitions and Results; Texas Assessment Conference, December 2008, PDF (147 KB)


Building the Longitudinal Cohort Used for Calculating Completion Rates; Texas Assessment Conference, December 2008, PDF (118 KB)


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Technical Documentation

Following is a list of technical documents related to graduates and dropouts in Texas public schools.

Processing of District Graduation and Dropout Rates, Class of 2013


Processing of District Graduation, Completion, and Dropout Rates, Class of 2012


Processing of District Graduation, Completion, and Dropout Rates, Class of 2011


The National Governors Association Compact Rate: A Comprehensive Approach to Improved Accuracy and Consistency in High School Graduation Rates, Class of 2010 Update (February 2012), PDF (172 KB)


Processing of District Graduation, Completion, and Dropout Rates, Class of 2010


The National Governors Association Compact Rate: A Comprehensive Approach to Improved Accuracy and Consistency in High School Graduation Rates, Class of 2009 Update (January 2011), PDF (248 KB)


Processing of District Graduation, Completion, and Dropout Rates, Class of 2009


The National Governors Association Compact Rate: A Comprehensive Approach to Improved Accuracy and Consistency in High School Graduation Rates (January 2010), PDF (185 KB)


Processing of District Graduation, Completion, and Dropout Rates, Class of 2008


Using the National Center for Education Statistics Dropout Definition for Texas Leaver Reporting (Updated May 2006), PDF (39 KB)


Working Paper No. 7. Profiles of Starting Cohort Members and Transfer Students in a Texas Public High School Cohort (January 2002), PDF (240 KB)

  • The quantitative measure for each indicator in the Texas accountability system is a product of extensive development by Texas Education Agency staff, guided by educators, legislators, and business leaders, and grounded in the accountability system principles. One principle is accountability for all students, but because the indicators differ, the counts and groups of students included in the measures differ somewhat. For example, the indicators related to passing the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) include all students enrolled on the last Friday in October, whereas the annual dropout rates are based on all students in attendance during the year. In the course of developing the longitudinal student status rates as measures of the high school completion rate indicator, agency staff analyzed the counts and characteristics of students included in the measures. In this paper, comparisons of starting cohort members and transfer students are reported.

Working Paper No. 6. Three-Year Follow-up of a Texas Public High School Cohort (January 2002), PDF (290 KB)

  • Since 2000, the Texas Education Agency has reported three groups of students-graduates, General Educational Development (GED) certificate recipients, and continuing students-in the longitudinal completion/student status rate for the district and state Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS) reports. Beginning in 2004, a longitudinal completion rate will be an indicator used to rate Texas public school and district performance. This report is intended to provide information about students who are still continuing high school after their expected graduation year and to inform the decision whether to include this student group in the definition of "high school completion" for Texas public school accountability purposes.

Working Paper No. 2. 1997-98 and 1998-99 Returning and Non-Returning Students in Grades 7-12 (June 2000)

  • Prior to the 1997-98 school year, districts were required to report which students in Grades 7-12 had graduated, dropped out, or returned to school. Beginning with the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) Submission 1 in fall 1998, districts were required to report on all students enrolled in the district at any time during the previous school year in Grades 7-12. This report details the returning statuses of students for school years 1997-98 to 1998-99.
  • This report is not available in PDF. For additional information please e-mail the Texas Education Agency Office of Publications or contact the office by phone at 512-463-9744.

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Contact Information

For questions or comments, please e-mail the Division of Research and Analysis, Accountability Research Unit, or contact the unit by phone at 512-475-3523.

This page last updated October 31, 2014.


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Reports

The Accountability Research Unit in the Division of Research and Analysis publishes an annual report on graduates and dropouts in Texas public secondary schools, as well as special reports on related topics. The annual report includes state summaries of the annual dropout rate, longitudinal graduation, completion, and dropout rates, and state attrition rates. Supplements to the report present secondary school completion, graduation, and dropout data at the county, district, and campus levels.


Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 2012-13 (August 2014), PDF (1.6 MB)


Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 2011-12 (August 2013), PDF (1.8 MB)


Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 2010-11 (July 2012), PDF (1.5 MB)


Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 2009-10 (July 2011), PDF (1.5 MB)


Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 2008-09 (July 2010), PDF (1.2 MB)


Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 2007-08 (July 2009), PDF (1.1 MB)


Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 2006-07 (August 2008), PDF (1.2 MB)


Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 2005-06 (August 2007), PDF (1.1 MB)


Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 2004-05 (July 2006), PDF (608 KB)


Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 2003-04 (August 2005), PDF (592 KB)


Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 2002-03 (August 2004), PDF (544 KB)


Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 2001-02 (August 2003), PDF (735 KB)


Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 2000-01 (August 2002), PDF (695 KB)


Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 1999-00 (August 2001), PDF (1.4 MB)


Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 1998-99 (January 2001), PDF (507 KB)


Dropout Study: A Report to the 77th Texas Legislature (December 2000), PDF (340 KB)

  • Dropout rates published by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), a key component of the state's Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS), have been criticized in recent years for not presenting an accurate picture of the dropout phenomenon in Texas public schools. TEA Rider 71 of the General Appropriations Act (House Bill 1, 76th Texas Legislature, Regular Session) directed the Legislative Budget Board, State Auditor's Office, and TEA to conduct a study of the current system used to identify and report students who do not graduate from high school or those who drop out of school before enrolling in high school. Also, the study must determine the actual number and percentage of students who do not complete high school within four years of enrolling in 9th grade. This report presents the findings and recommendations from that study. The recommendations address three areas in which the current annual dropout rate has been criticized: dropout definition; dropout rate calculation; and data quality.

1997-98 Report on Public School Dropouts (September 1999), PDF (772 KB)


1996-97 Report on High School Completion Rates (August 1999), PDF (290 KB)


1996-97 Report on Public School Dropouts (August 1998), PDF (85 KB) (Note: Appendices A and B are not available in this PDF.)


Policy Research Report No. 8. High School Completion Rates: Investigating a Longitudinal Performance Measure for Texas Schools (October 1996), PDF (80 KB)

  • This report investigates issues surrounding the use of a longitudinal performance measure in the Texas integrated accountability system. A detailed discussion of a high school completion rate is presented, along with an overview of other school performance measures.

The following reports are not available in PDF. For additional information please e-mail the Texas Education Agency Office of Publications or contact the office by phone at 512-463-9744.

  • 1995-96 Report on Public School Dropouts (August 1997)
  • 1994-95 Report on Public School Dropouts (August 1996)
  • 1993-94 Report on Public School Dropouts (September 1995)
  • 1992-93 Report on Public School Dropouts (January 1995)

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Presentations

Following is a list of presentations related to graduates and dropouts in Texas public schools.

Update to Graduation and Dropout Rate Reporting; Texas Assessment Conference, February 2014, PDF (337 KB)


Update to Annual Dropout, Completion, and Graduation Rate Reporting; Texas Assessment Conference, December 2011, PDF (281 KB)


Update to Annual Dropout, Completion, and Graduation Rate Reporting; Texas Assessment Conference, December 2010, PDF (250 KB)


Update to Annual Dropout, Completion, and Graduation Rate Reporting; Texas Assessment Conference, December 2009, PDF (248 KB)


Annual Dropout, Graduation, and Completion Rates; Texas Association of School Administrators Midwinter Conference, January 2009, PDF (168 KB)


Annual Dropout, Completion, and Attrition Rates: Definitions and Results; Texas Assessment Conference, December 2008, PDF (147 KB)


Building the Longitudinal Cohort Used for Calculating Completion Rates; Texas Assessment Conference, December 2008, PDF (118 KB)


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Technical Documentation

Following is a list of technical documents related to graduates and dropouts in Texas public schools.

Processing of District Graduation and Dropout Rates, Class of 2013


Processing of District Graduation, Completion, and Dropout Rates, Class of 2012


Processing of District Graduation, Completion, and Dropout Rates, Class of 2011


The National Governors Association Compact Rate: A Comprehensive Approach to Improved Accuracy and Consistency in High School Graduation Rates, Class of 2010 Update (February 2012), PDF (172 KB)


Processing of District Graduation, Completion, and Dropout Rates, Class of 2010


The National Governors Association Compact Rate: A Comprehensive Approach to Improved Accuracy and Consistency in High School Graduation Rates, Class of 2009 Update (January 2011), PDF (248 KB)


Processing of District Graduation, Completion, and Dropout Rates, Class of 2009


The National Governors Association Compact Rate: A Comprehensive Approach to Improved Accuracy and Consistency in High School Graduation Rates (January 2010), PDF (185 KB)


Processing of District Graduation, Completion, and Dropout Rates, Class of 2008


Using the National Center for Education Statistics Dropout Definition for Texas Leaver Reporting (Updated May 2006), PDF (39 KB)


Working Paper No. 7. Profiles of Starting Cohort Members and Transfer Students in a Texas Public High School Cohort (January 2002), PDF (240 KB)

  • The quantitative measure for each indicator in the Texas accountability system is a product of extensive development by Texas Education Agency staff, guided by educators, legislators, and business leaders, and grounded in the accountability system principles. One principle is accountability for all students, but because the indicators differ, the counts and groups of students included in the measures differ somewhat. For example, the indicators related to passing the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) include all students enrolled on the last Friday in October, whereas the annual dropout rates are based on all students in attendance during the year. In the course of developing the longitudinal student status rates as measures of the high school completion rate indicator, agency staff analyzed the counts and characteristics of students included in the measures. In this paper, comparisons of starting cohort members and transfer students are reported.

Working Paper No. 6. Three-Year Follow-up of a Texas Public High School Cohort (January 2002), PDF (290 KB)

  • Since 2000, the Texas Education Agency has reported three groups of students-graduates, General Educational Development (GED) certificate recipients, and continuing students-in the longitudinal completion/student status rate for the district and state Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS) reports. Beginning in 2004, a longitudinal completion rate will be an indicator used to rate Texas public school and district performance. This report is intended to provide information about students who are still continuing high school after their expected graduation year and to inform the decision whether to include this student group in the definition of "high school completion" for Texas public school accountability purposes.

Working Paper No. 2. 1997-98 and 1998-99 Returning and Non-Returning Students in Grades 7-12 (June 2000)

  • Prior to the 1997-98 school year, districts were required to report which students in Grades 7-12 had graduated, dropped out, or returned to school. Beginning with the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) Submission 1 in fall 1998, districts were required to report on all students enrolled in the district at any time during the previous school year in Grades 7-12. This report details the returning statuses of students for school years 1997-98 to 1998-99.
  • This report is not available in PDF. For additional information please e-mail the Texas Education Agency Office of Publications or contact the office by phone at 512-463-9744.

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Contact Information

For questions or comments, please e-mail the Division of Research and Analysis, Accountability Research Unit, or contact the unit by phone at 512-475-3523.

This page last updated October 31, 2014.


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