Texas’ Graduation Rates Shine in National Comparison

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TEA News Releases Online                                                                          April 29, 2014

Texas’ high school graduation rates shine in national comparison

AUSTIN – In a study released this week by the U.S. Department of Education, only Iowa posted a higher graduation rate than Texas for the Class of 2012. Texas, with a graduation rate of 88 percent, tied for second place with Nebraska, Vermont and Wisconsin.

In addition, the Texas Class of 2012 had the highest graduation rate in the country among African-American students and tied for the highest graduation rates for white and economically disadvantaged students.

According to the First Look report from the National Center for Education Statistics, the national high school graduation rate hit 79 percent for the class of 2011 and 80 percent for the class of 2012. Commissioner of Education Michael Williams noted that Texas’ overall graduation rate for both classes easily exceeded the national averages.

“Texas educators continue to be among the leaders in assuring students reach the finish line and are prepared for life after high school,” said Commissioner Williams. “While these numbers reflect the hard work accomplished on campuses all across our state, I have no doubt teachers and counselors would agree there is more we can do to help every student earn their high school diploma.”

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SOURCE: The Texas Education Agency

Retrieved on April 30, 2015

SOURCE LOCATION: http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Press_Releases/2014/Texas__high_school_graduation_rates_shine_in_national_comparison/

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