Total students

5,343,834

Students per teacher

15.1

Avg. teacher experience

10.9 years

Four-year graduation rate

89.1 %

As of the 2016-2017 school year, there were 5,343,834 students in Texas. 50.3% of students were considered at risk of dropping out of school, and 18.8% of students were enrolled in bilingual and English language learning programs.

An average teacher's salary was $52,525. On average, teachers had 10.9 years of experience on the job.

The average SAT score in Texas was 1375, and the average ACT score was 20.3. In the Class of 2016, 89.1% of students received their high school diploma on time or earlier. The dropout rate was 2%.

Contact information

Texas Education Commissioner

Higher Ed Outcomes

Statewide data is included in The Tribune's Higher Ed Outcomes app. Students who started eighth grade in 2005 had a college graduation rate of 20.9%. View a more comprehensive breakdown of higher education outcomes in Texas.

Demographics

Ethnicity

Total students

5,343,834

African American

673,291 (12.6%)

American Indian

20,701 (0.4%)

Asian

224,834 (4.2%)

Hispanic

2,802,180 (52.4%)

Pacific Islander

7,687 (0.1%)

White

1,499,559 (28.1%)

Two or more races

115,582 (2.2%)

African American

12.6%

American Indian

0.4%

Asian

4.2%

Hispanic

52.4%

Pacific Islander

0.1%

White

28.1%

Two or more races

2.2%

Risk factors

A student is identified as being at risk of dropping out of school based on state-defined criteria. A student is defined as "economically disadvantaged" if he or she is eligible for free or reduced-price lunch or other public assistance.

At-risk students

50.3 %

Economically disadvantaged

59 %

Limited English proficiency

18.9 %

At-risk students

50.3%

Econ. disadvantaged

59.0%

Limited Eng. proficiency

18.9%

Enrollment by program

A look at the percentage of students enrolled in certain programs offered at schools for the 2016-2017 school year. A student can be enrolled in more than one program.

Bilingual/ESL

18.8 %

Career and Technical

25 %

Gifted and Talented

7.8 %

Special Education

8.8 %

Bilingual/ESL

18.8%

Career and technical

25.0%

Gifted and talented

7.8%

Special education

8.8%

Academics

Four-year graduation rates

The percentage of students who started ninth grade in 2012-2013 who received a high school diploma on time — by Aug. 31, 2016. (Learn more about how four-year graduation rates are defined.)

All students

89.1 %

African American

85.4 %

American Indian

87.4 %

Asian

95.7 %

Hispanic

86.9 %

Pacific Islander

88 %

White

93.4 %

Two or more races

90.8 %

African American

85.4%

American Indian

87.4%

Asian

95.7%

Hispanic

86.9%

Pacific Islander

88.0%

White

93.4%

Two or more races

90.8%

Dropout rates

The dropout rate for students in grades 9-12 for the 2015-2016 school year. It is calculated by dividing the number of dropouts by the number of students who were in attendance at any time during the school year.

All students

2 %

American Indian

2.7 %

African American

3 %

Asian

0.6 %

Hispanic

2.4 %

Pacific Islander

2.6 %

White

1.1 %

Two or more races

1.5 %

College readiness

AP/IB participation

The percentage of students in grades 11 and 12 taking at least one Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) exam in any subject during the 2015-2016 school year.

All students

25.5 %

African American

17.2 %

American Indian

19.4 %

Asian

59.3 %

Hispanic

23.1 %

Pacific Islander

25.1 %

White

27.9 %

Two or more races

29 %

AP/IB performance

The percentage of test-taking students who passed at least one AP or IB exam in the 2015-2016 school year. A passing score on the AP exam is a 3, 4 or 5. On an IB exam, it is a 4, 5, 6 or 7.

All students

49.5 %

African American

28.2 %

American Indian

47.6 %

Asian

72.9 %

Hispanic

37.3 %

Pacific Islander

48 %

White

63.3 %

Two or more races

60.1 %

SAT

The average SAT score for the Class of 2016, with critical reading, writing and mathematics results combined. The maximum score is 2400. For the small percentage of students who took the redesigned SAT with a maximum score of 1600, their scores were converted to the equivalent scores on the previous SAT using College Board concordance tables.

Avg. SAT score

1375

ACT

The average ACT composite score for the Class of 2016. The maximum score is 36.

Avg. ACT score

20.3

College-ready graduates

A graduate is considered college ready in English or Math if he or she has met or exceeded the college-ready criteria on the TAKS exit-level test, the SAT or the ACT test. These figures are for the Class of 2016.

English

50.6 %

Math

44.6 %

English + Math

38.7 %

English

50.6%

Math

44.6%

English + Math

38.7%

Staff

Teacher ethnicities

These figures are expressed as a percentage of the total teacher full-time equivalent (FTE).

Total teacher FTEs

352,756.1

African American

35,986.3 (10.2%)

American Indian

1,243.7 (0.4%)

Asian

5,383.5 (1.5%)

Hispanic

93,694.5 (26.6%)

Pacific Islander

1,521.6 (0.4%)

White

211,028.1 (59.8%)

Two or more races

3,898.4 (1.1%)

Highest degree held by teachers

These figures are expressed as a percentage of the total teacher full-time equivalent.

No degree

4,333.3 (1.2%)

Bachelor's

262,745 (74.5%)

Master's

83,426.6 (23.6%)

Doctorate

2,251.2 (0.6%)

Students per teacher

The total number of students divided by the total full-time equivalent count of teachers for 2016-2017.

Students per teacher

15.1

Teacher experience

This figure for the 2016-2017 school year refers to tenure — the number of years a teacher has been employed in any district, whether or not there was an interruption in service.

Avg. teacher experience

10.9 years

Teacher salaries

The average salaries listed here are for regular duties only and do not include supplemental pay. For teachers who also have nonteaching roles, only the portion of time and pay dedicated to classroom responsibilities is factored into the calculation.

Base average

$52,525

Beginner

$46,199

1 to 5 years

$48,779

6 to 10 years

$51,184

11 to 20 years

$54,396

20+ years

$60,913

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