Began 8th grade in 2007

50,042 students

Graduated from high school

39,629 (79.2%)

Statewide: 78.2%

Enrolled in college

26,530 (53.0%)

Statewide: 53.9%

Graduated from college

11,083 (22.1%)

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 50,042 students in Region 10 who began eighth grade in 2007, 22.1 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 10,499 7,863 5,809 1,532
Hispanic 17,864 13,507 7,127 2,460
White 18,906 15,872 11,770 5,928
Other 2,773 2,387 1,824 1,163
Total 50,042 39,629 26,530 11,083

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 24,238 19,840 13,918 6,398
Male 25,804 19,789 12,612 4,685
Total 50,042 39,629 26,530 11,083

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 23,844 17,380 9,847 2,927
Not disadvantaged 26,198 22,249 16,683 8,156
Total 50,042 39,629 26,530 11,083