IDRA Releases Attrition Data and Holds Summit for Solutions

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On Friday, IDRA will release its latest school attrition study for high school students in Texas. Since 1986, when IDRA conducted Texas’ first comprehensive statewide study of high school dropouts, Texas schools have lost 2.2 million students with an estimated net loss to the state of $500 billion.

The 2004-05 attrition study by IDRA is available online at The study includes attrition data for each Texas county as well as components of strong school holding power.

As it releases its 20th annual attrition study, IDRA is unveiling a “Quality Schools Action Framework” at a statewide invitational summit November 4-5 in San Antonio convened by IDRA and the League of United Latin American Citizens.

The IDRA web site has resources for you:

  • Latest attrition study by IDRA
  • County-level attrition data over time (graphs)
  • IDRA’s “Quality Schools Action Framework,” unveiled at statewide summit on Nov. 5
  • Details of the Nov. 4-5 invitational event “IDRA/LULAC Graduation Guaranteed/Graduación Garantizada – Statewide Summit on School Holding Power” (see event advisory)
  • Vital components for successful dropout prevention
  • Definitions of types of dropout data
  • Seven Lessons from Texas, tool for reporters on what’s behind the numbers

Contacts: Christie L. Goodman, APR at IDRA, 210-444-1710;

The Intercultural Development Research Association is an independent, private non-profit organization, directed by María Robledo Montecel, Ph.D., dedicated to creating schools that work for all children. As a vanguard leadership development and research team for more than three decades, IDRA has worked with people to create self-renewing schools that value and empower all children, families and communities. IDRA conducts research and development activities, creates, implements and administers innovative education programs and provides teacher, administrator, and parent training and technical assistance.