Attrition and Dropout Rates in Texas
Texas public schools are losing one out of four students.
Each fall, IDRA releases its attrition study. Attrition rates are an indicator of a school’s holding power, or the ability to keep students enrolled in school and learning until they graduate. Key findings from the latest study show the following.
- The Texas high school attrition rate has declined from 25 percent last year to 24 percent in 2013-14.
- At this rate, Texas will not reach universal high school education for another quarter of a century in 2035.
- 94,711 students were lost from our public high schools in 2013-14.
- 108 counties had a lower attrition rate than last year, 94 counties had a higher attrition rate than last year, and 19 counties had the same rate as last year. (See list of counties)
- Black students and Hispanic students are about two times more likely to leave school without graduating with a diploma than White students.
- The racial-ethnic gaps are no better than 29 years ago. The gap between the rates of White students and Hispanic students has gone back to the 18 percentage point gap of 1985-86. The gap between the attrition rates of White students and Black students has worsened from 7 percentage points to 12 since 1985-86.
- Students from ethnic minority groups account for nearly three-fourths (73 percent) of the estimated 3.4 million students lost from public high school enrollment.
- Schools are 1.2 times more likely to lose male students.