Began 8th grade in 2008

25,485 students

Graduated from high school

20,634 (81.0%)

Statewide: 78.8%

Enrolled in college

13,163 (51.6%)

Statewide: 53.1%

Graduated from college

6,214 (24.4%)

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 25,485 students in Region 13 who began eighth grade in 2008, 24.4 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 2,491 1,976 1,312 408
Hispanic 9,972 7,612 3,859 1,338
White 12,050 10,188 7,354 4,029
Other 972 858 638 439
Total 25,485 20,634 13,163 6,214

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 12,481 10,312 6,960 3,613
Male 13,004 10,322 6,203 2,601
Total 25,485 20,634 13,163 6,214

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 10,760 7,822 3,646 1,052
Not disadvantaged 14,725 12,812 9,517 5,162
Total 25,485 20,634 13,163 6,214