Began 8th grade in 2008

27,416 students

Graduated from high school

22,040 (80.4%)

Statewide: 78.8%

Enrolled in college

15,105 (55.1%)

Statewide: 53.1%

Graduated from college

6,443 (23.5%)

Statewide: 23.2%

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 from 1997 to 2008.

Of the 27,416 students in Region 01 who began eighth grade in 2008, 23.5 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 38 years old; one who started 8th grade in 2008 is now about 27.

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 74 57 40 16
Hispanic 26,532 21,312 14,535 6,138
White 657 543 433 220
Other 153 128 97 69
Total 27,416 22,040 15,105 6,443

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 13,389 10,956 7,892 3,716
Male 14,027 11,084 7,213 2,727
Total 27,416 22,040 15,105 6,443

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 23,278 18,394 12,046 4,843
Not disadvantaged 4,138 3,646 3,059 1,600
Total 27,416 22,040 15,105 6,443