Dropout Information


How Texas Identifies, Prevents and Recovers Dropouts


We are making progress and we know what works!

Fewer students are dropping out of school in Texas and more are graduating.

  • The grade 9 longitudinal dropout rate decreased from 9.4% for the class of 2009 to 7.3% for the class of 2010, and the actual number of dropouts declined by more than 5,800.
  • Out of 314,079 students in the class of 2010, 84.3% graduated, 7.2% continued in high school the year following their anticipated graduation, and 1.3% received General Educational Development (GED) certificates.
  • In less than two years, almost 1,300 previous dropouts have completed the requirements for graduation through innovative recovery strategies.

Texas is a recognized national leader in tackling the dropout problem.

  • Texas ranks 7th nationally in four-year graduation rates among 26 states that were reported to use the National Governors Association four-year, on-time graduation rate formula, which emphasizes using actual student data over estimates.
  • The state’s accountability system evaluates districts and schools based on their dropout and graduation rates.
  • Texas employs cutting-edge strategies to recover students who have previously dropped out.  

Texas implements proven research-based strategies. 

  • Learning environments are challenging and personalized for each student.   
  • Mentors are used as role models and advocates for students.   
  • Students who are behind in school receive academic support.
  • Data systems identify struggling students who need early intervention.   

Texas targets millions of state and federal dollars to reduce the number of dropouts and promote high school completion.  

  • In the 2010 - 2011 biennium, Texas allocated approximately $500 million in state and federal funding for dropout prevention and recovery initiatives.
  • In 2006, the Texas Legislature created the High School Allotment, approximately $335 million every year for dropout prevention and college readiness.
  • State investment has attracted millions of dollars in matching funds from private foundations.
Information on dropout prevention and recovery success in Texas: 
question_markFrequently asked questions about dropout rates, policies, and programs.
  Quick Facts About Dropout Prevention in Texas (PDF)   

Division of Research and Analysis, Accountability Research Unit
Federal & State Education Policy

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