High School Graduation
High school graduation is a prerequisite that places students on the pathway to postsecondary enrollment, persistence, and success, which ultimately leads to a career that pays a living wage. By examining disaggregated data, we can identify which student populations may need more support in terms of targeted interventions that help them to graduate on time.
About this data:
E3 Alliance relies primarily on data from the University of Texas Education Research Center (ERC). This data allows for a year-by-year understanding of high school graduation based on where a student attends school. This data pertains to high school students who were enrolled within the state of Texas for any grades 9-12, excluding students who left the Texas public education system for reasons other than dropping out.
Following are items to note:
The year of the data represents the year of high school graduation. Intra-year moves reflect whether a student moved to a different school during a given school year. There is a delay in data availability due to state approval within the ERC and analysis time. As such, if you choose to explore data from Central Texas, the graphs below present high school graduation data in the most recent available year in Texas schools.
22,778 / 25,113
Four-Year High School Graduation Rate
22,873 / 25,559
Rio Grande Valley
Four-Year High School Graduation Rate
Digging Deeper: Income, Gender, and Race Play a Role in High School Graduation Rates
Reviewing the latest high school graduation data by student groups based on their gender, income, and race allows us to take a closer look at which students are being underserved by education systems.
In Texas for the class of 2020, high schools graduate Asian females from non-low-income households at the highest rates (98%), while high schools graduate Black males from low-income households at the lowest rates (81%).
For all racial groups, females from non-low-income households are graduating high school at the highest rates, followed by males from non-low-income households, then females from low-income households, and males from low-income households.
Four-Year High School Graduation Rates, Class of 2020
High School Graduation Varies by Race
High school graduation rates in Texas postsecondary institutions show racial disparities that point to the need for systemic change around opportunities, access, and support.
For the Texas class of 2020, high schools’ graduation rates for Asian students are 4 times that of Black students (Asian - 96%, Black - 86%).
Look at disparities in high school graduation in your region by using the comparison feature. Are disparities larger or smaller in your region as compared to the state?
Disparities Exist in High School Graduation by Household Income
Household income disparities in graduating high school exist for Texas students.
For the Texas class of 2020, 87% of students from low-income households graduated from high school, while 95% of students from non-low-income households graduated.
Compare your region to the state by using the comparison feature. Are there greater or lesser disparities in your region?
Four-Year High School Graduation Rates, By Economic Status and Days Absent While in Grade 9, Class of 2019
Four-Year High School Graduation Rates, By Econ. Status and Num. of Intra-Year Moves Experienced While in HS, Class of 2019
Total Days Absent for Students Enrolled in All Four Years of High School, Class of 2019, Texas
Percent of Students NOT Graduating HS in 4-Years by Number of Days Absent in 9th Grade, Class of 2019
Compare your District and Campuses to Others Using the Scatterplots Below
Use the first scatterplot below to compare your district to other districts in the region. You can use toggles and selections to look at specific demographic groups, and bright-spot districts. You can also toggle on size indicators and charter districts.
Use the second scatterplot below to compare campuses in your district to other campuses in the region. You can use toggles and selections to look at specific demographic groups, and bright-spot campuses. You can also toggle on size indicators and charter schools within your district.
Gauging your district against your peers can help you benchmark your performance against other similar districts and campuses. You may be surprised to see which districts and campuses perform well for specific demographic groups.
Texas Graduation Rates Increased Over Past Ten Years
While postsecondary enrollment rates have been decreasing over the past ten years for Texas, the same trend is not found for students graduating from Texas high schools, where rates have increased.
In Texas overall, about 9 out of 10 students graduate from high school.
See how the trend in your region compares to the state at large by using the comparison feature.
Disparities in High School Graduation by Household Income Have Been Reduced but Progress is Stalling
Disparities in high school graduation rates continue for Texas students from low-income households as compared to those from non-low-income households. Despite gains in graduation rates since 2011, this disparity remains.
For the class of 2011, there was a 13 percentage point disparity between students from low-income and non-low-income households. For the class of 2020, that disparity has decreased to a 9 percentage point disparity between students from low-income and non-low-income households.
Disparities in High School Graduation Narrowing but Progress is Stalling
In Texas, all student groups have seen an increase in high school graduation rates. Although the trends have been similar across groups, the disparity between the highest graduating groups and lowest graduating groups has persisted.
Use the comparison feature to look at trends in your region by race over the past 10 years, as compared to the state. How have disparities increased or decreased in your region?