Began 8th grade in 2006

338,342 students

Graduated from high school

258,097 (76.3%)

Enrolled in college

182,389 (53.9%)

Graduated from college

73,084 (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 338,342 students in Texas who began 8th grade in 2006, 21.6 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

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, 2006

Ethnicity Class size Graduated high school Enrolled in college Graduated from college
Black 50,684 36,183 27,735 7,046
Hispanic 149,548 109,515 69,230 23,441
White 126,214 102,275 77,288 37,648
Other 11,896 10,124 8,136 4,949
Total 338,342 258,097 182,389 73,084

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, 2006

Gender Class size Graduated high school Enrolled in college Graduated from college
Female 164,970 129,062 96,580 42,498
Male 173,372 129,035 85,809 30,586
Total 338,342 258,097 182,389 73,084

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, 2006

Economic status Class size Graduated high school Enrolled in college Graduated from college
Disadvantaged 179,535 125,614 78,011 22,706
Not disadvantaged 158,807 132,483 104,378 50,378
Total 338,342 258,097 182,389 73,084