Feb. 20, 2015
Texas’ high school graduation rate for Class of 2013 again exceeds national average
AUSTIN – According to the latest figures released by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, the Texas Class of 2013 high school graduation rate was 88 percent, outpacing the national rate of 81 percent.
The Texas graduation rate hit 88 percent for the second consecutive year, tying Nebraska, New Jersey, North Dakota and Wisconsin for the nation’s second highest. Only Iowa at 90 percent posted a higher graduation rate for the Class of 2013.
“The work being carried out in school districts and charters across our state continues to bear fruit in the high percentage of high school students successfully earning a diploma,” said Commissioner Williams. “Whether it be college, career or military, Texas educators are working daily to better prepare students for life after high school, and it is our state that benefits.”
Commissioner Williams noted that 2013 marked the third consecutive year that Texas’ high school graduation rate surpassed the national average.
|Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate
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||Class of 2012
||Class of 2013
Since 2010, states, districts and schools have used a common metric – the adjusted cohort graduation rate – in reporting graduation rates to the federal government. Use of the adjusted cohort graduation rate allows for an accurate and uniform comparison between the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The National Center for Education Statistics is the primary federal entity for collecting, analyzing and reporting data related to education in the United States and other nations. Graduation rates for minority students, students with disabilities and English language learners will be released in coming weeks.
To view a state-by-state breakdown of graduation rates for the Class of 2013, visit http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/tables/ACGR_2010-11_to_2012-13.asp.
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