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

Statewide

Of the 324,316 Texas students who began 8th grade in 2003, 20.3 percent received a certificate or degree from a Texas college or university within six years of their anticipated high school graduation date. That rate has risen over the last several years; it was 17.7 percent for students starting 8th grade in 1996.

Despite this upward trend, disparities in achievement – by race and economic status – remain. Within the three largest ethnic groups, white students significantly outperform their African-American and Hispanic counterparts. Female students outpace male students by a wide margin. Economically disadvantaged students perform at far lower rates than their peers, regardless of ethnicity.

Use the tables and charts below to see a more complete picture of how Texas' 8th grade students performed. Use the drop-down menu on the left to view results by region or by county.

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
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.

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

African American

Enrolled 45.2% of 40,227 46.2% of 40,665 47.2% of 41,750 49.3% of 42,297 49.4% of 43,831 48.6% of 44,451 49.9% of 46,046 52.3% of 46,843
Completed 10.0% 10.0% 10.0% 10.6% 10.7% 11.2% 11.7% 12.5%

Hispanic

Enrolled 39.2% of 104,511 39.9% of 105,690 40.9% of 108,538 41.6% of 112,245 41.3% of 116,864 40.8% of 121,570 41.5% of 126,042 43.3% of 132,598
Completed 9.8% 10.0% 10.5% 11.0% 11.3% 11.6% 12.1% 13.2%

Am. Indian

Enrolled 38.6% of 704 44.4% of 717 45.1% of 787 46.1% of 846 47.6% of 862 45.5% of 903 47.9% of 957 47.3% of 1,094
Completed 10.8% 12.1% 14.6% 13.5% 13.7% 14.5% 16.0% 14.0%

Asian

Enrolled 73.2% of 7,037 72.0% of 7,241 72.1% of 7,432 73.4% of 7,635 72.4% of 7,849 68.8% of 8,709 70.2% of 9,042 69.0% of 9,029
Completed 37.8% 37.5% 37.6% 38.5% 38.6% 39.4% 40.5% 41.3%

White

Enrolled 60.8% of 138,233 60.7% of 138,398 61.5% of 141,330 62.5% of 137,906 63.1% of 135,132 61.3% of 135,069 61.6% of 134,644 62.3% of 134,752
Completed 24.9% 25.2% 26.0% 26.4% 27.2% 27.8% 28.0% 28.7%

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 55.9% of 141,151 56.3% of 142,273 56.9% of 145,767 57.7% of 146,402 57.6% of 147,816 56.1% of 150,817 56.4% of 154,622 57.4% of 159,004
Completed 21.4% 21.8% 22.2% 22.5% 22.8% 23.3% 23.4% 24.3%

Male

Enrolled 46.6% of 149,561 46.8% of 150,438 47.9% of 154,070 48.7% of 154,527 48.5% of 156,722 47.4% of 159,885 48.0% of 162,109 49.1% of 165,312
Completed 14.1% 14.1% 14.8% 15.1% 15.4% 15.7% 16.0% 16.5%

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 35.0% of 126,218 36.1% of 130,133 37.0% of 131,018 37.9% of 134,231 37.8% of 137,971 37.3% of 144,755 38.1% of 152,414 40.1% of 159,247
Completed 7.8% 8.0% 8.2% 8.6% 8.7% 9.1% 9.5% 10.4%

Not Disadvantaged

Enrolled 63.5% of 164,494 63.7% of 162,578 64.1% of 168,819 65.3% of 166,698 65.5% of 166,567 64.1% of 165,947 65.1% of 164,317 65.8% of 165,069
Completed 25.3% 25.8% 26.3% 26.8% 27.5% 28.3% 29.0% 29.9%

Students in each 8th grade cohort who enrolled in higher education and completed a certificate or degree, broken down by ethnicity and economic status when they entered 8th grade. "Economically Disadvantaged" cohorts are shown in a lighter hue.