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ERIC Number: ED433987
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Debate over Dropouts: How Many Are There? Measuring Up: The State of Texas Education.
Texas Univ., Austin. Center for Public Policy Priorities.; Texas Kids Count Project, Austin.
Texas has the third highest dropout rate in the nation. Various organizations that measure the Texas dropout rate using different methods disagree about actual numbers of dropouts. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) reports that 26,901 students in grades 7-12 dropped out in the 1996-97 school year. Dropouts were 29 percent White, 18 percent African American, and 52 percent Hispanic. For grades 7-12, the dropout rate was 1.6 percent, and the projected longitudinal dropout rate was 9.1 percent. But including grades 7-8 keeps the overall dropout rate artificially low, and a projected longitudinal rate does not track a cohort of children through the grades. The TEA's estimated longitudinal dropout rate has declined since 1993, due partly to changes in the way dropouts are counted. Using the enrollment attrition rate from grade 9 to 12, the Intercultural Development and Research Association found that 42 percent of students were lost from high school enrollment from 1994-95 to 1997-98 and that minority students were 1.6-1.7 times more likely than Whites to leave school. In 1998, the TEA began reporting high school completion rates. The need for accurate dropout statistics is discussed, and dropout prevention strategies are outlined. The Coca Cola Valued Youth Program is a very successful dropout prevention program that places high-risk secondary students as tutors of elementary students. (Contains references in end notes, the TEA dropout definition, a table of estimated longitudinal dropout rates for Texas counties, and figures portraying longitudinal dropout rates and high school completion rates by ethnic group.) (SV)
Web site:; print copy: Center for Public Policy Priorities, 900 Lydia St., Austin, TX 78702; Tel: 512-320-0222, Web site:; e-mail:
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Center for Public Policy Priorities.; Texas Kids Count Project, Austin.
Identifiers - Location: Texas