TEA News Releases Online August 6, 2013
Texas high school graduation rate sets another all-time high
AUSTIN - Commissioner of Education Michael Williams announced today that the Texas high school on-time graduation rate has set an all-time high, reaching 87.7 percent for the Class of 2012. The graduation rate for the Class of 2012 is 1.8 percentage points higher than the previous record set by the Class of 2011 and marks the fifth consecutive year the rate has increased.
YEAR GRADUATION RATE
Class of 2012 87.7 percent
Class of 2011 85.9 percent
Class of 2010 84.3 percent
Class of 2009 80.6 percent
Class of 2008 79.1 percent
Class of 2007 78.0 percent
"Last year, the Class of 2011 in Texas set a graduation rate that was among the highest in the nation, and now the Class of 2012 has bested that number," said Commissioner Williams. "All those working in Texas education should be proud of our strong numbers and the strides we continue to make as a state."
Out of 316,758 students in the Class of 2012 Grade 9 cohort, 87.7 percent graduated. An additional five percent of students in the Class of 2012 continued in high school the fall after their anticipated graduation date. One percent received GED certificates.
The latest graduation figures are among the findings highlighted in the Texas Education Agency's study, "Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 2011-12." Other notable graduation findings from the study include:
- Across racial/ethnic groups, the graduation rate for the Class of 2012 reflects all-time highs for White (93 percent), Hispanic (84.3 percent) and African-American (83.5 percent) students.
- Asian students in Texas had the highest graduation rate (94.4 percent) in the Class of 2012 Grade 9 cohort.
- Females in the Class of 2012 Grade 9 cohort had a higher graduation rate (90.1 percent) than males (85.4 percent).
- The graduation rate for economically disadvantaged students in the Class of 2012 Grade 9 cohort was 85.1 percent, an increase of 1.4 percentage points over the Class of 2011.
The U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the federal entity with primary responsibility for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the United States. In 2003, the 78th Texas Legislature passed legislation requiring dropout rates be computed according to the NCES dropout definition.
The TEA study also shows that the longitudinal dropout rate for the Class of 2012 Grade 9 cohort was 6.3 percent, a decrease of 0.5 percentage points from the Class of 2011, with the rate for Asian students at 2.1 percent, White students at 3.2 percent, Hispanic students at 8.0 percent and African-American students at 10.1 percent.
Out of 2,150,364 students who attended Grades 7-12 in Texas public schools during the 2011-12 school year, 1.7 percent were reported to have dropped out, an increase of 0.1 percentage points from 2010-11. The number of dropouts in Grades 7-12 increased to 36,276, a 5.6 percent increase from the 34,363 students who dropped out in 2010-11.
"Districts across our state work every year to keep students in school and to get those students who have left to return to the classroom," said Commissioner Williams. "But as long as there are students who are not reaching the finish line and earning their high school diploma, we should not be satisfied. As Commissioner, I will be watching closely how districts address this critical issue."
Other dropout findings from the study include:
- A total of 1,991 students dropped out of Grades 7-8, and 34,285 dropped out of Grades 9-12. The Grade 7-8 and Grade 9-12 annual dropout rates were 0.3 percent and 2.4 percent, respectively.
- Across racial/ethnic groups, the 2011-12 Grade 7-12 dropout rates showed Asian students at 0.6 percent, White students at 0.8 percent, Hispanic students at 2.1 percent and African-American students at 2.6 percent.
- The Grade 7-12 dropout rate for males (1.9 percent) exceeded the rate for females (1.5 percent) in 2011-12. More males dropped out from Grade 9 (5,436) than from any other grade. By contrast, more females dropped out from Grade 12 (4,818) than from any other grade.
- The longitudinal dropout rate for economically disadvantaged students was 7.8 percent, an increase of 0.1 percentage points from the Class of 2011
A dropout is defined as a student who is enrolled in public school in Grades 7-12, does not return to public school the following fall, is not expelled, and does not: graduate, receive a GED certificate, continue school outside the public school system, begin college, or die.
To read the complete "Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools 2011-2012" study, visit the TEA website at www.tea.state.tx.us.