TEA Dropout Data
Fewer students are dropping out of school in Texas and more are graduating.
Education Commissioner Michael Williams applauded Texas high school students for coming in 0.3 percentage points higher than the Class of 2012, marking the sixth consecutive year that the graduation rate has steadily increased.
According to a TEA news release, rankings have inched up since 2007, when the graduation rate was 78 percent. Rates continued to climb: 79.1 percent (2008), 80.6 percent (2009), 84.3 percent (2010), 85.9 percent (2011), to 87.7 percent (2012).
“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,” according to the release.
Texas is a recognized national leader in tackling the dropout problem.
Texas ranks 7th nationally in four-year graduation rates among 26 states that were reported to use the National Governors Association four-year, on-time graduation rate formula, which emphasizes using actual student data over estimates.
The state’s accountability system evaluates districts and schools based on their dropout and graduation rates.
Texas employs cutting-edge strategies to recover students who have previously dropped out.
Texas implements proven research-based strategies.
Learning environments are challenging and personalized for each student.
Mentors are used as role models and advocates for students.
Students who are behind in school receive academic support.
Data systems identify struggling students who need early intervention.
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