Five Texas Regions Have Persistently High Student Attrition Rates
Racial-Ethnic Gaps Have Increased in All Regions
(April 5, 2011) – Three of 20 regions in
have higher high school attrition rates than they did 24 years ago. Overall,
), Region 4 (Houston), Region 10 (Richardson), Region 19 (
) and Region 20 (
The numbers of students lost to attrition in 2009-10 ranged from a low of 422 students in Region 9 (
Seventeen regions had improved attrition rates compared to IDRA’s inaugural study 24 years ago. Fifteen regions had improved attrition rates over the previous year, and the other five regions remained the same. Yet no region has had an attrition rate lower than 13 percent at any point in IDRA’s current or previous studies.
“Since 1984, when
IDRA has been releasing attrition data each year for
For the most part, 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.
In all regions, the gap between the attrition rates of White students and Black students has increased dramatically, some by more than 18 points. In 13 regions, the gap between the attrition rates of White students and Hispanic students has increased as well.
The regions with the worst attrition rates for Black students are: Region 20 (
), 41 percent; Region 14 (
), 39 percent; Region 4 (Houston), 35 percent; Region 11 (
, 35 percent; and Region 12 (
The regions with the worst attrition rates for Hispanic students are: Region 10 (Richardson), 45 percent; Region 11 (
“Given the changing demographics in our public schools,
The annual attrition studies released by IDRA include regional- and county-level data by race and ethnicity. Trend graphs of high school attrition in each
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Visit http://www.idra.org/Press_Room/ to view the report, attrition by county and region, and background information.
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IDRA Attrition Study & Resources Online
Attrition and Dropout Rates in
2010 Statewide and County-Level Study –
Supplemental Analysis – Sluggish Attrition Rate Descent Means 1.9 Million to 3.5 Million More Texas Students May be Lost
Overview of the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program, which keeps 98 percent of students in school
Set of principles for policymakers and school leaders
Classnotes Podcast: “Counting Dropouts”
Graduation for All E-letter (English/Spanish)
See http://www.delicious.com/IDRAA for related articles and studies (keyword: dropouts)