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.
- Texas is failing to graduate one out of every four students.
- 73 counties had a lower attrition rate than last year, 136 counties had a higher attrition rate than last year, and 20 counties had the same rate as last year.
- The highest attrition rates are concentrated in regions with the largest student enrollment counts, particularly those in urban areas and those with the largest low-income and minority populations.
- The racial-ethnic gaps are nearly as high as or higher than 30 years ago.
- Black students and Hispanic students are about two times more likely to leave school without graduating with a diploma than White students.
- English language learners are the subgroup that is most likely to drop out of school.
- In the last 30 years, Texas schools have lost a cumulative total of more than 3.5 million students from public high school enrollment prior to graduation.