Began 8th grade in 2006

74,398 students

Graduated from high school

56,117 (75.4%)

Statewide: 76.3%

Enrolled in college

40,848 (54.9%)

Statewide: 53.9%

Graduated from college

16,498 (22.2%)

Statewide: 21.6%

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 74,398 students in Region 04 who began eighth grade in 2006, 22.2 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 1996 is about 35 years old; one who started 8th grade in 2006 is now about 25.

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

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, 2006

Ethnicity Class size Graduated high school Enrolled in college Graduated from college
Black 17,218 12,156 9,734 2,546
Hispanic 30,026 21,464 13,183 4,378
White 22,826 18,684 14,817 7,557
Other 4,328 3,813 3,114 2,017
Total 74,398 56,117 40,848 16,498

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, 2006

Gender Class size Graduated high school Enrolled in college Graduated from college
Female 36,498 28,434 21,523 9,646
Male 37,900 27,683 19,325 6,852
Total 74,398 56,117 40,848 16,498

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, 2006

Economic status Class size Graduated high school Enrolled in college Graduated from college
Disadvantaged 37,985 25,956 16,583 4,718
Not disadvantaged 36,413 30,161 24,265 11,780
Total 74,398 56,117 40,848 16,498