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Texas High School Graduation Rates Are Up


Texas Graduation rates continue to go up and have a reached a new record high, Commissioner of Education Michael Williams said Tuesday.

A study released by the Texas Education Agency shows the Class of 2012 had a graduation rate of 87.7 percent up from 85.9 percent in 2011. The graduation rate has steadily increased since the class of 2007 when 78 percent of students graduated.

The report titled, “Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 2011-2012,” also found that more students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds are graduating. The graduation rates for those students are:

• Hispanic – 84.3 percent
• African-American – 83.5 percent
• White – 93 percent
• Asian – 94.4 percent

More details about this study are available on TEA’s website.