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Released by Texas Education Agency

AUSTIN/TRAVIS COUNTY (KYTX) - Education Week and the Editorial Projects in Education (EPE) Research Center today released its national "Diplomas Count 2013: Second Chances-Turning Dropouts into Graduates" report. Commissioner of Education Michael L. Williams issued the following statement in regard to the findings for Texas:

"For more than a decade, the work to improve our state's graduation rates has been the focus at the state and local level," said Williams. "The Diplomas Count 2013 report shows those efforts to be paying off. The dramatic jump seen from 2000 through 2010 is the direct result of the hard work being done in school districts across our state coupled with strong leadership at the state level that emphasizes education for all students."

Texas highlights in the "Diplomas Count 2013: Second Chances-Turning Dropouts into Graduates" report:

  • For the Class of 2010, Texas' graduation rate for all students (74.8 percent) exceeded the national average (74.7 percent) and that of comparable large states including California, Florida, and New York.
  • For the Class of 2010, Texas' graduation rate for all students exceeded that of all neighboring states (New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana).
  • For the Class of 2010, Texas' graduation rate for Hispanic students (73.3 percent) exceeded the national average (68.1 percent) and that of California (66 percent).
  • In the ten-year period from the Class of 2000 through the Class of 2010, the Texas graduation rate jumped 11.9 percent, the seventh largest increase among all the states.
  • According to a Diplomas Count 2013 analysis, large Texas school districts that are posting "graduation rates higher than expected" (given their size, poverty level and other defining characteristics) include: Northside ISD, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, Fort Worth ISD, Austin ISD, Houston ISD, and Dallas ISD.

The Editorial Projects in Education Research Center uses the Cumulative Promotion Index  (CPI) method to calculate graduation rates. The CPI is less accurate than the four-year on-time graduation rate created by the U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics that Texas normally reports. To view the complete Diplomas Count 2013 report, go to http://www.edweek.org/ew/toc/2013/06/06/index.html.

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