Began 8th grade in 2008

23,705 students

Graduated from high school

18,317 (77.3%)

Statewide: 78.2%

Enrolled in college

12,752 (53.8%)

Statewide: 53.9%

Graduated from college

5,448 (23.0%)

Statewide: 22.8%

Each year, approximately 300,000 students begin eighth grade in a Texas public school. National employment and earnings statistics suggest that these students will have materially better prospects as adults if they finish high school and enroll in and complete a post-secondary certificate or degree program. Using data from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Education Agency, the Tribune is providing a look into the outcomes of students who started eighth grade in a Texas public school over the past nine years.

Of the 23,705 students in Tarrant County who began 8th grade in 2008, 23.0 percent received a certificate or degree from a Texas college or university within six years of their anticipated high school graduation date. For context, a 13-year-old student who started 8th grade in 1997 is about 35 years old; one who started 8th grade in 2008 is now about 25.

We have broken down these numbers by ethnicity, gender and economic status.

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Ethnicity

A breakdown, by ethnicity, of outcomes for cohorts of students who attended eighth grade in a Texas public school. You can see who graduated from high school, who enrolled in higher education and who completed a certificate or degree.

Outcome of 8th grade class by ethnicity, 2008

Ethnicity Class size Graduated high school Enrolled in college Graduated from college
Black 4,723 3,424 2,521 784
Hispanic 7,918 5,814 3,318 1,182
White 9,702 7,914 5,961 2,906
Other 1,362 1,165 952 576
Total 23,705 18,317 12,752 5,448

Gender

A breakdown, by gender, of outcomes for cohorts of students who attended eighth grade in a Texas public school. You can see who graduated from high school, who enrolled in higher education and who completed a certificate or degree.

Outcome of 8th grade class by gender, 2008

Gender Class size Graduated high school Enrolled in college Graduated from college
Female 11,661 9,303 6,815 3,224
Male 12,044 9,014 5,937 2,224
Total 23,705 18,317 12,752 5,448

Economic status

A breakdown, by economic status, of outcomes for cohorts of students who attended eighth grade in a Texas public school. You can see who graduated from high school, who enrolled in higher education and who completed a certificate or degree.

Outcome of 8th grade class by economic status, 2008

Economic status Class size Graduated high school Enrolled in college Graduated from college
Disadvantaged 10,620 7,402 4,477 1,470
Not disadvantaged 13,085 10,915 8,275 3,978
Total 23,705 18,317 12,752 5,448