Dropout prevention has been a priority for Texas going back to the 1980s. However, since 2003, Texas has been more proactive and aggressive in addressing issues related to dropout prevention, high school completion, and college and career readiness. These efforts have largely been the catalyst for Texas’ increasing success. View a timeline of the related legislative history for the state.
Latest Dropout Data
TEA's Division of Research and Analysis released its latest report on completion and dropouts, Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 2012-13 (PDF), in August 2014. Findings from the report include:
- The longitudinal dropout rate for the 328,584 students in the class of 2013 is 6.6 percent. The graduation, continuation, or GED certification rate was 93.4 percent. The longitudinal rate tracks a cohort of students from grade 9 through graduation, as opposed to calculating the total number of dropouts in a given year.
- The annual dropout rate for the 2,189,442 students who attended Grades 7-12 in Texas public schools during the 2012-13 school year is 1.6 percent.
Texas uses the National Governors Association (NGA) four-year, on-time graduation rate known as the NGA "Compact Rate," which emphasizes using actual student data over estimates. The NGA has produced three reports detailing the ongoing development and implementation of the "Compact Rate" (2010, 2009, 2005). This NGA policy brief on the "Compact Rate" draws from those reports and shows that Texas ranks 7th nationally among 26 states that were reported to use the "Compact Rate."
Dropout Prevention Strategy Plan
School districts and open-enrollment charter schools with high dropout rates, as identified by the commissioner, must submit a plan that identifies how they will use the compensatory education allotment and high school allotment for developing and implementing research-based strategies for dropout prevention. For more information about the plan, visit the District-Level Dropout Prevention Strategy Plans page.
Proven Dropout Recovery and Prevention Strategies
The Texas Education Agency focuses state and federal resources on identifying and replicating proven strategies for dropout prevention and recovery. The agency implements proven strategies through its dropout prevention and recovery programs.
The following links provide additional information about Texas dropout policy and prevention efforts.