Attrition and Dropout Rates in Texas
Texas public schools are losing one out of five 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 five students – which translates to losing 11 students per hour. The statewide attrition rate is 22 percent (down from 24 percent last year).
- Texas high schools lost 94,767 students in 2017-18.
- At this rate, Texas will not reach universal high school education for another two decades in 2038.
- Black students and Hispanic students are about two times more likely to leave school without graduating with a diploma than White students.
- In the last 33 years, Texas schools have lost a cumulative total of more than 3.8 million students from public high school enrollment prior to graduation.
Quick Links to IDRA’s Attrition Study Stories and Resources
Texas High Schools Lost 1 in 5 Students Last Year – It Has Taken Over 3 Decades to Improve by Just 11 Points – 33rd Annual Texas Public School Attrition Study Released by IDRA IDRA
News Release (December 6, 2018): Texas High Schools Lost 1 in 5 Students Last Year – It Has Taken Over 3 Decades to Improve by Just 11 Points – See story
eNews: Texas High School Attrition Reaches All-Time Low of 29% for Hispanic Students, Statewide Rates Returns to 24% After One Year Bumps – See eLetter
Attrition Study: Texas Public School Attrition Study 2016-17 – See pdf
Infographic: Texas public schools are losing one out of four students – See infographic
Trend graphs: See attrition rates and numbers over the last nine years – Look up your county
County List: Which counties had attrition rates go up or down – See list
Checklist Tool: Quality School Holding Power Checklist – See checklist
eBook: Types of Dropout Data Defined – See eBook