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Math Pathways | Middle School Math: Central Texas & Rio Grande Valley

Math Pathways | Middle School Math data for
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Math Pathways | Middle School Math

Research shows that students accessing advanced math courses, such as Algebra 1 in middle school and Advanced Placement (AP)/International Baccalaureate (IB)/Dual Credit math in high school, are more likely to successfully obtain a postsecondary credential and earn a living wage job. Over the past ten years, math course-taking patterns have changed significantly, and it is important to understand these changes so that we support students with appropriate advanced math pathways aligned with their career aspirations.

About this data:

E3 Alliance relies primarily on data from the University of Texas Education Research Center (ERC). This data allows for a longitudinal understanding of middle school Algebra 1 completion based on where and when a student finishes 8th grade. This data pertains to 8th grade students who were enrolled within the state of Texas at the end of a given school year.

Following are items to note:

The year of the data represents the year of finishing 8th grade. Algebra 1 completion rates reflect whether a student completed the course in Texas by 8th grade. 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 Algebra 1 completion data in the most recent available year in Texas schools.

43%

12,195 / 28,610

Central Texas

Middle School Algebra 1 Completion Rate

30%

7,762 / 26,097

Rio Grande Valley

Middle School Algebra 1 Completion Rate

Middle School Algebra 1 Completion Increasing in Last Decade

Texas has seen an overall upward trend in middle school Algebra 1 completion rates for the past ten years.

In Texas overall, completion rates increased from 23% of the class of 2011 to 30% of the class of 2020.

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Disparities Exist in Middle School Algebra 1 Completion by Household Income

Household income disparities in middle school Algebra 1 completion rates exist in Texas. More students from non-low-income households complete Algebra 1 by middle school than students from low-income households.

In Texas, for the class of 2020, about 2 in 10 students from low-income households completed Algebra 1 in middle school, compared to more than 4 in 10 students from non-low-income households.

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Disparities in Middle School Algebra 1 Completion by Household Income Have Not Decreased in Texas

Disparities in Texas continue in middle school Algebra 1 completion rates for students from low-income households as compared to students from non-low-income households. Even as completion rates have increased for both groups over the past ten years, this disparity persists.

For students from low-income households, middle school Algebra 1 completion rates increased from 16% for the class of 2011 to 22% for the class of 2020.

For students from non-low-income households, completion rates increased from 33% for the class of 2011 to 41% for the class of 2020.

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Middle School Algebra 1 Completion Varies by Race

Middle school Algebra 1 completion patterns in Texas show racial disparities that point to the need for systemic change around opportunities, access, and support.

For the Texas class of 2020, education systems are completing Asian students in Algebra 1 by middle school at a rate of over eight times more than Black students (Asian - 66%, Black - 19%).

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Disparities in Middle School Algebra 1 Completion by Race Persist Over Time

In Texas, all student groups have seen an increase in middle school Algebra 1 completion. Although the trends have been similar across groups, the disparity between the highest completing groups and lowest completing groups have persisted.

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Digging Deeper: Gender, Income, and Race Play a Role in Middle School Algebra 1 Completion Rates

Reviewing the latest completion data by student groups based on their gender, income, and race allows us to take a closer look at which student groups are being underserved.

In Texas for the class of 2020, Asian females from non-low-income households completed Algebra 1 by middle school at the highest rates (74%), while Black males from low-income households completed Algebra 1 by middle school at the lowest rates (13%).

For almost all racial groups, females from non-low-income households completed at the highest rates, followed by males from non-low-income households, then females from low-income households, and males from low-income households.

Middle School Algebra 1 Completion Rates, 8th Grade Cohort, 2021

 

 

Target Name: Central Texas | Target: CTX

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Target Name: Central Texas | Target: CTX

Economic Status

Ethnicity

Gender

The conclusions of this research do not necessarily reflect the opinions or official position of the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, or the State of Texas.