Began 8th grade in 2005

335,708 students

Graduated from high school

249,262 (74.2%)

Enrolled in college

181,869 (54.2%)

Graduated from college

70,323 (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 335,708 students in Texas who began 8th grade in 2005, 20.9 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

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, 2005

Ethnicity Class size Graduated high school Enrolled in college Graduated from college
Black 50,671 34,192 27,211 6,622
Hispanic 144,200 102,119 66,501 21,249
White 129,726 103,604 80,617 37,993
Other 11,111 9,347 7,540 4,459
Total 335,708 249,262 181,869 70,323

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, 2005

Gender Class size Graduated high school Enrolled in college Graduated from college
Female 163,733 124,556 95,569 40,695
Male 171,975 124,706 86,300 29,628
Total 335,708 249,262 181,869 70,323

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, 2005

Economic status Class size Graduated high school Enrolled in college Graduated from college
Disadvantaged 177,058 118,485 76,346 20,883
Not disadvantaged 158,650 130,777 105,523 49,440
Total 335,708 249,262 181,869 70,323