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October 27th, 2010
In Texas 14 Students per Hour Continue to Leave Before Graduating High School

Startling when you think of it in those terms.

What’s it like where you live?

The good folks at IDRA (Intercultural Development Research Association) have published a great Internet tool that brakes down the drop out and attrition rate across the state of Texas by county. It’s a great way to be armed with intelligent facts when we discuss education and needed educational reform!

First, some general facts, courtesy o f IDRA: (thanks to Aurelio Montemayor for Tweeting this)

Much has changed in 25 years…
but the dropout problem hasn’t.

  • At 29 percent, the overall attrition rate was less than 30 percent for the first time in 25 years.
  • About three of every 10 students from the freshman class of 2006-07 left school prior to graduating with a high school diploma – meaning, Texas public schools are failing to graduate one out of every three students.
  • The gaps between the attrition rates of White students and Hispanic students and Black students are dramatically higher than 25 years ago. The gap between the attrition rates of White students and Black students has increased from 7 to 18 percentage points, and the gap between the rates of White students and Hispanic students has increased from 18 to 24 percentage points.

Go HERE for the county by county break down tool.

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