Attrition and Dropout Rates in Texas
Texas public schools are losing one out of four students.
- The statewide attrition rate was 26 percent for 2011-12.
- Twelve students per hour leave before graduating high school.
- At this rate,
will not reach universal high school education for another quarter of a century in 2037.
- Numerically, 103,140 students were lost from our public high schools in 2011-12.
- The racial-ethnic gaps are dramatically higher than 27 years ago. The gap between the attrition rates of White students and Black students has doubled from 7 percentage points to 14. The gap between the rates of White students and Hispanic students has increased from 18 percentage points to 21.
- Black students and Hispanic students are about two times more likely to leave school without graduating with a diploma than White students.
- Students from ethnic minority groups account for nearly three-fourths (72.2 percent) of the estimated 3.2 million students lost from public high school enrollment.
Infographic: Texas High School Attrition
See IDRA’s new graphic showing how Texas public schools are losing one out of four students. It doesn’t have to be this way. (sharable web graphic, png)
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