A new report shows that Texas is trailing the national average in its graduation rate, and that the Texas Education Agency numbers paint a far rosier picture than the reality.
San Antonio Express-News coverage is here.
Texas' high school graduation rate is below the national average and vastly lower than the Texas Education Agency has reported, according to an analysis released Tuesday by Education Week and the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center.
For the 2002-03 school year, Texas had a graduation rate of 66.8 percent, compared with the national average of 69.6 percent, according to the report "Diplomas Count: An Essential Guide to Graduation Policy and Rates."
For the same year, TEA reported an 84 percent graduation rate, a difference of just over 17 percentage points.
Houston Chronicle Coverage is here.
Texas students are 20 percent more likely to live in poverty and 60 percent more likely to be English-language learners than national averages, according to the report.
The study, Diplomas Count, shows that 1.2 million U.S. students failed to graduate with their classmates in 2006.
Texas is one of 23 states that requires high school seniors to pass a standardized test before graduating.