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 10 students per hour. The statewide attrition rate is 20% (down from 20% last year).
- Texas high schools lost 86,789 students in 2019-20.
- 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 34 years, Texas schools have lost a cumulative total of more than 4 million students from public high school enrollment prior to graduation.
Note: Since the study’s enrollment data is collected in the fall, this analysis does not indicate the effects of COVID-19 on school attrition.
Quick Links to IDRA’s Attrition Study Stories and Resources
Public School Attrition Rate in Texas Reaches Historic Low – 35th Annual Texas Public School Attrition Study Released by IDRA
Attrition Study: Texas Public School Attrition Study 2019-20 – See pdf
Infographic: Texas public schools are losing one out of four students – See infographic
Infographic: Poor Children Are More Likely to Disappear from Schools in Texas: – See infographic
Trend graphs: See attrition rates and numbers over the last nine years – Look up your county