Higher Ed Outcomes Tracking Eighth-Graders' Post-Secondary Success

Region 4: Houston

Of the 69,847 students in Region 4 who began 8th grade in 2003 21.4 percent received a higher education degree or certificate within six years of their anticipated high school graduation date. That rate is 1.1 percentage points higher than the statewide rate.

Between 1996 and 2003, the number of students entering 8th grade whose ethnicity is classified as “Hispanic” grew by 28.0 percent, a higher rate than any other group.

Started 8th grade in 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
Region 4: Houston Enrolled 52.6% of 60,264 52.2% of 60,760 52.9% of 62,754 53.6% of 62,839 53.4% of 64,354 52.0% of 66,372 52.9% of 68,201 54.1% of 69,847
Completed 18.9% 18.9% 19.1% 19.7% 19.9% 20.0% 20.7% 21.4%
Statewide Enrolled 51.1% of 290,712 51.4% of 292,711 52.3% of 299,837 53.1% of 300,929 52.9% of 304,538 51.6% of 310,702 52.1% of 316,731 53.2% of 324,316
Completed 17.7% 17.9% 18.4% 18.7% 19.0% 19.4% 19.6% 20.3%

Ethnicity

Here's a look at students in each 8th grade cohort who enrolled in higher education and completed a certificate or degree, broken down by ethnicity.

“Asian” and “American Indian” are grouped and classified as “Other” for this region. When cohort sample sizes are too small, results by ethnicity are aggregated to protect privacy.

Started 8th grade in 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003

African American

Enrolled 47.1% of 12,875 47.8% of 12,952 48.8% of 13,344 50.3% of 13,383 49.3% of 13,849 49.8% of 14,199 51.6% of 14,890 53.7% of 15,320
Completed 10.7% 10.5% 10.6% 11.6% 11.3% 12.1% 12.5% 13.6%

Hispanic

Enrolled 34.6% of 18,464 34.9% of 18,963 35.5% of 19,854 36.3% of 20,741 36.6% of 22,188 36.0% of 23,313 37.3% of 24,208 40.2% of 25,627
Completed 8.7% 8.8% 8.7% 9.5% 9.8% 9.9% 10.7% 12.2%

Other Ethnicities

Enrolled 77.6% of 3,197 74.8% of 3,266 74.8% of 3,332 75.7% of 3,274 76.4% of 3,374 71.2% of 3,652 73.3% of 3,937 71.8% of 3,804
Completed 41.6% 40.7% 40.5% 40.5% 42.4% 41.0% 43.4% 43.5%

White

Enrolled 65.2% of 25,728 64.5% of 25,579 65.4% of 26,224 66.6% of 25,441 67.5% of 24,943 65.2% of 25,208 65.4% of 25,166 66.0% of 25,096
Completed 27.6% 27.8% 28.6% 29.5% 30.6% 30.8% 31.8% 32.2%

Gender

Here's a look at students in each 8th grade cohort who enrolled in higher education and completed a certificate or degree, broken down by gender.

Started 8th grade in 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003

Female

Enrolled 57.3% of 29,276 57.2% of 29,542 57.3% of 30,530 58.2% of 30,576 57.9% of 31,225 56.3% of 32,430 57.2% of 33,416 58.6% of 34,349
Completed 22.8% 22.9% 23.0% 23.6% 23.7% 24.1% 24.8% 25.9%

Male

Enrolled 48.2% of 30,988 47.5% of 31,218 48.8% of 32,224 49.3% of 32,263 49.2% of 33,129 47.9% of 33,942 48.7% of 34,785 49.8% of 35,498
Completed 15.3% 15.1% 15.4% 16.0% 16.3% 16.2% 16.9% 17.1%

Students in each 8th grade cohort who enrolled in higher education and completed a certificate or degree, broken down by ethnicity and gender. Cohorts of male students are shown in a lighter hue.

Economic Status

Students in each 8th grade cohort who enrolled in higher education and completed a certificate or degree, broken down by economic status when they entered 8th grade. For context, a 13-year-old student who started 8th grade in 1996 is about 32 years old; one who started 8th grade in 2003 is now about 25.

Started 8th grade in 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003

Disadvantaged

Enrolled 33.2% of 21,862 34.3% of 24,507 34.3% of 24,780 35.1% of 25,823 34.8% of 27,363 35.1% of 29,132 36.4% of 30,846 39.3% of 32,665
Completed 7.6% 7.7% 7.3% 8.0% 8.0% 8.1% 9.0% 10.3%

Not Disadvantaged

Enrolled 63.7% of 38,402 64.3% of 36,253 65.0% of 37,974 66.6% of 37,016 67.2% of 36,991 65.2% of 37,240 66.4% of 37,355 67.2% of 37,182
Completed 25.4% 26.4% 26.8% 27.8% 28.7% 29.3% 30.5% 31.1%