ERIC Number: ED472490
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools 2000-01.
Texas Education Agency, Austin. Div. of Research and Evaluation.
The Texas Education Agency prepares an annual report on dropouts in Texas public schools. This report contains information on the annual dropout rate used in the accountability system and state attrition rates. It also includes a series of longitudinal secondary school completion/student status rates. Of the 1,818,940 students who attended grades 7 through 12 in Texas public schools during the 2000-2001 school year, 17,563 students, or 1.0%, were reported to have dropped out. This was a decrease of 25.1% in the number of dropouts and the second consecutive large decline in the dropout rate. After remaining stable for 3 years at 1.6%, the rate decreased by 0.3 percentage points in 1999-2000 and again in 2000-2001. Dropout rates for African American and Hispanic students remained above that for white students statewide. The statewide annual dropout rate for grades 9 through 12 was 1.4%. The longitudinal secondary school series tracks a class of students over 5 to 7 years, from the time they enter grade 9 or grade 7 until the fall following their anticipated graduation. Of 249,161 students in the class of 2001 grade 9 cohort, 81.1% graduated, 4.8% received a General Educational Development (GED) certificate, and 7.9% continued school the following year. The 4-year longitudinal dropout rate for this class was 6.2%. The report also provides historical information about dropout policy and the evolution of the dropout definition used for accountability purposes. Ten appendices contain supplemental information about Texas dropout statistics. (Contains 34 tables and 18 figures.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Accountability, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Rate, Dropout Research, Educational Attainment, Graduation, High School Graduates, High Schools, Public Schools, Student Attrition, Tables (Data)
Texas Education Agency, Publications Distribution, P.O. Box 13817, Austin, TX 78711-3817 ($16). Tel: 512-475-3523. For full text: http://www,tea.state.tx.us/research.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Education Agency, Austin. Div. of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers - Location: Texas