Texas High School Graduation Rates Improve, but Why?

When it comes to the number of students who graduate from its public high schools, Texas is not accustomed to being called a success.

The last time the Texas Supreme Court ruled on the state’s school finance system, in 2005, it warned of a “severe dropout problem,” calling the lagging graduation rates of blacks and Hispanics in the state “especially troublesome.”

Yet even as the latest round of school finance litigation goes to trial this fall, it appears there is reason for optimism about the number of students leaving high school with a diploma. Many Texas school districts, including ...

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