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ERIC Number: ED481476
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 142
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 2001-02.
Texas Education Agency, Austin. Div. of Research and Evaluation.
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) prepares an annual report on dropouts in Texas public schools. This report includes state summaries of the annual dropout rate, longitudinal secondary school completion/student status rates, and state attrition rates. Out of 1,849,690 students attending grades 7-12 in Texas public schools during 2001-2002, 16,622 students dropped out, a decrease of 5.4 percent since 2000-2001. Dropout rates for African American and Hispanic students remained above those for Whites statewide. The statewide annual dropout rate for grades 9-12 was 1.3 percent. The longitudinal secondary school series tracks a class of students over 5-7 years, from entry into 9th or 7th grade until the fall following their anticipated graduation. Out of 254,040 students in the 2002 9th grade cohort, 82.8 percent graduated, 4.1 percent received a General Educational Development (GED) certificate, and 8.0 percent continued in high school. The report also provides historical information about dropout policy in Texas and evolution of the dropout definition used for accountability purposes. Common methods of measuring student progress through schools are discussed, noting advantages and disadvantages of each measure. The report presents background information on TEA data collection, processing, and reporting; national requirements for dropout data; reasons students were reported to have dropped out of school; and state plans to reduce the dropout rate. Ten appendices present additional information. (Contains 16 figures, 24 tables, and 39 references.) (SM)
Texas Education Agency, 1701 North Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701-1494. Tel: 512-475-3523; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Education Agency, Austin. Div. of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers - Location: Texas