High School Attrition Continues Downward Trend, Effect of Recent Budget Cuts Looms
Texas Public School Attrition Study, 2010-11, Released by IDRA
High schools in Upshur County lost 16 percent of their 2010-11 class to attrition. This is down from the 2009-10 rate of 20 percent.
See a graph of high school attrition in your county by race-ethnicity over the last 10 years online at: http://www.idra.org/wrapper/?utm_source=IDRA&utm_medium=email&utm_content=CountyLookUp&utm_campaign=TXattrition11 .
The Texas high school attrition rate is below 30 percent for the second year in a row, with 27 percent of the freshman class of 2007-08 left school prior to graduating in the 2010-11 school year. Yet, this means Texas public schools are failing to graduate one out of every four students.
The Intercultural Development Research Association released detailed findings this week from its latest study. Key findings show:
$ The statewide attrition rate was 27 percent for 2010-11.
$ Thirteen students per hour leave before graduating high school.
$ At this rate, Texas will not reach universal high school education for another quarter of a century in 2037.
$ Numerically, 110,804 students were lost from our public high schools in 2010-11.
$ The racial-ethnic gaps are dramatically higher than 26 years ago. The gap between the attrition rates of White students and Black students has increased from 7 percentage points to 16. The gap between the rates of White students and Hispanic students has increased from 18 percentage points to 23.
$ Black students and Hispanic students are about two times more likely to leave school without graduating with a diploma than White students.
“What will happen next as students face the effects of the state’s disinvestment in education? What will happen next as the state return’s to student tracking? Texas cannot compete in the global marketplace if we do not get serious about creating top quality schooling for all students.”
– Dr. Robledo Montecel, IDRA president
Read news release with links to the study and other resources: http://www.idra.org/Press_Room/News_Releases_-_Recent/High_School_Attrition_Continues_Downward_Trend/?utm_source=IDRA&utm_medium=email&utm_content=release&utm_campaign=TXattrition11
The study is online at: http://www.idra.org/Research/Attrition/