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

Region 4: Houston

Of the 66,372 students in Region 4 who began 8th grade in 2001 – students who are now in their 20s — 20.0 percent received a higher education degree or certificate within six years of their anticipated high school graduation date. That rate is 0.6 percentage points higher than the statewide rate.

Between 1996 and 2001, the number of Hispanic students entering 8th grade in this region grew by 20.8 percent, a higher rate than any other ethnic group.

Started 8th grade in 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
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
Completed 18.9% 18.9% 19.1% 19.7% 19.9% 20.0%
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
Completed 17.7% 17.9% 18.4% 18.7% 19.0% 19.4%

Ethnicity

Students in each 8th grade cohort who enrolled in higher education and completed a certificate or degree, broken down by ethnicity. For context, a 13-year-old student who started 8th grade in 1996 is about 31 years old; one who started 8th grade in 2001 is now about 26.

“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

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
Completed 10.7% 10.5% 10.6% 11.6% 11.3% 12.1%

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
Completed 8.7% 8.8% 8.7% 9.5% 9.8% 9.9%

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
Completed 41.6% 40.7% 40.5% 40.5% 42.4% 41.0%

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
Completed 27.6% 27.8% 28.6% 29.5% 30.6% 30.8%

Gender

Students in each 8th grade cohort who enrolled in higher education and completed a certificate or degree, broken down by gender. For context, a 13-year-old student who started 8th grade in 1996 is about 31 years old; one who started 8th grade in 2001 is now about 26.

Started 8th grade in 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001

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
Completed 22.8% 22.9% 23.0% 23.6% 23.7% 24.1%

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
Completed 15.3% 15.1% 15.4% 16.0% 16.3% 16.2%

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 31 years old; one who started 8th grade in 2001 is now about 26.

Started 8th grade in 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001

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
Completed 7.6% 7.7% 7.3% 8.0% 8.0% 8.1%

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
Completed 25.4% 26.4% 26.8% 27.8% 28.7% 29.3%