Education Policy

Top Ten Percent Plan in Texas

The Top Ten Percent Plan is helping to increase the number and diversity of students applying for and enrolling in Texas colleges and universities. It has increased the number of high schools that are sending their students to the state’s top institutions. Students who graduate in the top 10 percent of their high school class are granted automatic admission to Texas state universities. The students must still apply and fund their college education.

Over time, officials at the University of Austin and a few policymakers have attempted to weaken the Top Ten Percent Plan. To help inform these discussions, IDRA has provided data, testimony and other information.

Update on Texas Top Ten Percent Plan for Your Students (September 2009) – factsheet for schools and others to distribute regarding slight changes made to the plan in 2009 and effective in fall of 2011. Available in PDF format.

Information for the 2009 Legislative Session

Information for the 2007 Legislative Session

In 2007, IDRA compiled and analyzed available data on the students entering the University of Texas at Austin and all the Texas high schools that contributed graduating seniors to those incoming freshmen classes between the years of 1995 and 2006.

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