AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Michael Williams announced today that
the Texas high school on-time graduation rate has set another all-time high,
reaching 88 percent for the Class of 2013.
The graduation rate for the Class of 2013 is 0.3 percentage points
higher than the previous record set by the Class of 2012 and marks the sixth
consecutive year the rate has increased.
CLASS YEAR GRADUATION
Class of 2013 88.0 percent
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
Out of 328,584 students in the Class of
2013 Grade 9 cohort, 88 percent graduated. An additional 4.6 percent of
students in the Class of 2013 continued in high school the fall after their
anticipated graduation date and 0.8 percent went on to receive GED certificates.
“The Class of 2013 continues an ongoing
trend of success in the classroom which has translated into more high school
diplomas,” said Commissioner Williams. “With additional flexibility now
provided to school districts, we should expect graduation numbers to remain
strong with all students better prepared for life after high school in college,
the workplace or military.”
latest graduation figures are among the findings highlighted in the Texas Education Agency’s report, Secondary
School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 2012-13. Other notable graduation findings
from the report include:
racial/ethnic groups, the graduation rate for the Class of 2013 reflects
all-time highs for Hispanic (85.1 percent) and African-American (84.1 percent)
students in Texas had the highest graduation rate (93.8 percent) in the Class
of 2013 Grade 9 cohort.
students posted the second highest graduation rate (93 percent).
- Females in the Class of 2013 Grade 9 cohort had
a higher graduation rate (90.3 percent) than males (85.9 percent).
graduation rate for economically disadvantaged students in the Class of 2013
Grade 9 cohort was 85.2 percent, an increase of 0.1 percentage points over the Class
of 2012. In comparison, the graduation rate for economically disadvantaged
students in the Class of 2007 Grade 9 cohort was 68.8 percent.
Williams noted that Texas has seen graduation rates increase steadily for
African-American, Hispanic and white students since the Class of 2007. During
that time, the graduation rate difference between white students and
African-American and Hispanic students has narrowed – but a gap still exists.
state, we continue making progress in our shared goal of educating every
student,” said Commissioner Williams. “While the graduation trend continues to
be strong, these figures also tell us there is still more work to do in closing
the achievement gap.”
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.
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.
The Texas Education Agency report shows that the longitudinal dropout
rate for the Class of 2013 Grade 9 cohort was 6.6 percent, an increase of 0.3
percentage points from the Class of 2012, with the rate for Asian students at 3.0
percent, white students at 3.5 percent, Hispanic students at 8.2 percent and African-American
students at 9.9 percent.
Out of 2,189,442 students who attended Grades 7-12 in Texas public
schools during the 2012-13 school year, 1.6 percent were reported to have
dropped out that year, a decrease of 0.1 percentage points from 2011-12.
Other dropout findings from the report include:
- For the 2012-2013
school year, the number of dropouts in Grades 7-12 decreased to 34,696, a 4.4
percent decrease from the 36,276 students who dropped out in 2011-12.
- A total
of 3,187 students dropped out of Grades 7-8, and 31,509 dropped out of Grades
9-12. The Grade 7-8 and Grade 9-12 annual dropout rates were 0.4 percent and 2.2
racial/ethnic groups, the 2012-13 Grade 7-12 dropout rates showed Asian
students at 0.6 percent, white students at 0.8 percent, Hispanic students at 2.0
percent and African-American students at 2.3 percent.
Grade 7-12 dropout rate for males (1.8 percent) exceeded the rate for females
(1.3 percent) in 2012-13. More males dropped out from Grade 9 (5,029) than from
any other grade. By contrast, more females dropped out from Grade 12 (4,161)
than from any other grade.
To read the complete Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in
Texas Public Schools 2012-13 report,
visit the TEA website at www.tea.state.tx.us.