AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Michael Williams announced today that
the Texas high school on-time graduation rate set by the Class of 2014 reflects
another all-time high for the state and marks the seventh consecutive year the overall
rate has increased.
According to the Texas
Education Agency (TEA) report, Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in
Texas Public Schools, 2013-14, the graduation rate for the Class of 2014 was 88.3 percent, which is
0.3 percentage points higher than the previous record set by the Class of 2013.
Class of 2014
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Out of 333,286 students in the Class of
2014 Grade 9 cohort, 88.3 percent graduated within four years. An additional 4.3
percent of students in the Class of 2014 continued in high school the fall
after their anticipated graduation date and 0.8 percent went on to receive General Educational Development (GED) certificates.
Williams – who has focused on efforts to close the achievement gap in Texas – also
noted the Class of 2014 numbers reflect another year of ongoing improvement in
graduation rates for African-American and Hispanic students.
graduation numbers for the Class of 2014 tell us that school districts and
charters are working every day to assure every student makes it to the finish
line,” said Commissioner Williams. “Texas continues to lead the way in its
efforts to close the achievement gap among all its student groups and other
states are taking note of our efforts.”
notable graduation findings included in the TEA Secondary
School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 2013-14 are:
the graduation rate for the Class of 2014 reflects some modest increases from
the previous year, they are still all-time highs for Hispanic (85.5 percent)
and African-American (84.2 percent) students.
students in Texas had the highest graduation rate (94.8 percent) in the Class
of 2014 Grade 9 cohort. White students posted the second highest graduation
rate at 93 percent.
- Females in the Class of 2014 Grade 9 cohort had a
higher four-year graduation rate (90.4 percent) than males (86.3 percent).
graduation rate for economically disadvantaged students in the Class of 2014
Grade 9 cohort was 85.2 percent, the same as the Class of 2013. However as a
comparison, the graduation rate for economically disadvantaged students in the
Class of 2009 Grade 9 cohort was 78.3 percent.
- For the
Class of 2014, the four-year graduation rates for students identified as
English language learners in Grades 9-12 was 71.5 percent and for students in
special education programs was 77.5 percent.
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
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 TEA report shows that the longitudinal dropout rate for the Class
of 2014 Grade 9 cohort was 6.6 percent (the same percentage as the Class of 2013),
with the rate for Asian students at 2.4 percent, white students at 3.6 percent,
Hispanic students at 8.2 percent and African-American students at 9.8 percent.
Out of 2,238,400 students who attended Grades 7-12 in Texas public
schools during the 2013-14 school year, 1.6 percent were reported to have
dropped out, the same percentage as the previous year.
Other annual dropout findings from the report include:
- For the 2013-14
school year, the number of dropouts in Grades 7-12 increased to 35,358, a 1.9
percent increase from the 34,696 students who dropped out in 2012-13.
2013-14, a total of 3,974 students dropped out of Grades 7-8, and 31,384
dropped out of Grades 9-12. The Grade 7-8 and Grade 9-12 annual dropout rates
were 0.5 percent and 2.2 percent, respectively.
- As in
the previous year, the 2013-14 Grade 7-12 dropout rates for African-American
(2.2 percent) and Hispanic (2.0 percent) were higher than the rates for white (0.8
percent) and Asian (0.5 percent) students.
Grade 7-12 dropout rate for males (1.9 percent) exceeded the rate for females
(1.3 percent) in 2013-14. More males dropped out from Grade 9 (5,458) than from
any other grade. By contrast, more females dropped out from Grade 12 (4,235)
than from any other grade.
To read the complete Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in
Texas Public Schools 2013-14 report,
visit the TEA website at www.tea.texas.gov.