Began 8th grade in 2005

74,103 students

Graduated from high school

53,970 (72.8%)

Statewide: 74.2%

Enrolled in college

40,647 (54.9%)

Statewide: 54.2%

Graduated from college

16,107 (21.7%)

Statewide: 20.9%

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 74,103 students in Region 04 who began eighth grade in 2005, 21.7 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 34 years old; one who started 8th grade in 2005 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, 2005

Ethnicity Class size Graduated high school Enrolled in college Graduated from college
Black 17,245 11,406 9,436 2,278
Hispanic 28,716 19,583 12,344 3,880
White 23,917 19,317 15,840 7,997
Other 4,225 3,664 3,027 1,952
Total 74,103 53,970 40,647 16,107

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, 2005

Gender Class size Graduated high school Enrolled in college Graduated from college
Female 35,982 27,010 21,185 9,269
Male 38,121 26,960 19,462 6,838
Total 74,103 53,970 40,647 16,107

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, 2005

Economic status Class size Graduated high school Enrolled in college Graduated from college
Disadvantaged 37,986 24,291 16,011 4,282
Not disadvantaged 36,117 29,679 24,636 11,825
Total 74,103 53,970 40,647 16,107