Began 8th grade in 2007

27,342 students

Graduated from high school

20,966 (76.7%)

Statewide: 78.2%

Enrolled in college

14,330 (52.4%)

Statewide: 53.9%

Graduated from college

6,217 (22.7%)

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 27,342 students in Region 20 who began eighth grade in 2007, 22.7 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 35 years old; one who started 8th grade in 2007 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, 2007

Ethnicity Class size Graduated high school Enrolled in college Graduated from college
Black 2,110 1,522 1,089 371
Hispanic 17,903 13,512 8,731 3,266
White 6,785 5,493 4,150 2,364
Other 544 439 360 216
Total 27,342 20,966 14,330 6,217

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, 2007

Gender Class size Graduated high school Enrolled in college Graduated from college
Female 13,212 10,372 7,657 3,638
Male 14,130 10,594 6,673 2,579
Total 27,342 20,966 14,330 6,217

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, 2007

Economic status Class size Graduated high school Enrolled in college Graduated from college
Disadvantaged 15,791 11,288 6,759 2,224
Not disadvantaged 11,551 9,678 7,571 3,993
Total 27,342 20,966 14,330 6,217