Began 8th grade in 2007

332,576 students

Graduated from high school

260,146 (78.2%)

Enrolled in college

179,192 (53.9%)

Graduated from college

75,694 (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 332,576 students in Texas who began 8th grade in 2007, 22.8 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

Students in 8th grade cohorts who graduated from high school, enrolled in higher education and completed a certificate or degree, broken down by ethnicity.

Outcome of 8th grade class by ethnicity, 2007

Ethnicity Class size Graduated high school Enrolled in college Graduated from college
Black 48,422 35,895 26,429 7,218
Hispanic 149,252 113,325 69,817 25,353
White 122,633 100,448 74,763 37,926
Other 12,269 10,478 8,183 5,197
Total 332,576 260,146 179,192 75,694

Gender

Students in each 8th grade cohort who enrolled in higher education and completed a certificate or degree, broken down by gender.

Outcome of 8th grade class by gender, 2007

Gender Class size Graduated high school Enrolled in college Graduated from college
Female 161,721 129,940 95,188 44,078
Male 170,855 130,206 84,004 31,616
Total 332,576 260,146 179,192 75,694

Economic status

Students in each 8th grade cohort who enrolled in higher education and completed a certificate or degree, broken down by economic status when they entered 8th grade.

Outcome of 8th grade class by economic status, 2007

Economic status Class size Graduated high school Enrolled in college Graduated from college
Disadvantaged 172,769 125,366 75,180 23,413
Not disadvantaged 159,807 134,780 104,012 52,281
Total 332,576 260,146 179,192 75,694