Profile of Texas

The State of Education in Texas

2015 -2016 Student Demographics [1]

5,299,728 total public education students

  • 52.2% Hispanic
  • 28.5% White
  • 12.6% African American
  • 4.0% Asian
  • 2.1% Multiracial
  • 58.9% Economically Disadvantaged
  • 18.5% ELL
  • 7.6% Gifted and Talented
  • 8.7% SPED
  • 64.8% Title I (both participating in program and/or at school with program)

247,389 of these students were in 631 open-enrollment charter school campuses

  • 58.9% Hispanic
  • 19.4% African American
  • 15.2% White
  • 4.6% Asian
  • 1.6% Multiracial
  • 69.1% Economically Disadvantaged
  • 23% ELL
  • 80.6% Title I

 


Class of 2015 Graduation Rates [2]

89% overall

  • 85.2% African American
  • 86.3% American Indian
  • 95.4% Asian
  • 86.5% Hispanic
  • 88.7% Pacific Islander
  • 93.4% White
  • 92.1% multiracial
  • 85.6% economically disadvantaged
  • 91.3% female
  • 86.8% male

93.7% graduated, continued, or got GED

6.3% dropout rate

  • 9.5% African American
  • 2.2% Asian
  • 7.7% Hispanic
  • 3.4% White
  • 8.7% economically disadvantaged

 


Texas Workforce Needs by 2020 [3]

62% of jobs will require post-secondary education and only 38% of jobs will require a high school diploma or less.

  • 33% of jobs will require some college, an associate’s degree, or a postsecondary vocational certificate
  • 21% of jobs will require bachelor’s degree
  • 9% of jobs will require master’s degree or better

Right now, Texas is projected to produce 55% of students with post-secondary education, leaving a 7% shortage

Projections suggest Texas will produce fewer students with some post-secondary education than 40 other states

4,824,000 new jobs will be created between 2010 and 2020

  • Industries with the highest growth rates:
    • Management of Companies and Enterprises – 39%
    • Healthcare and Social Assistance – 37%
    • Educational Services – 35%
    • Finance and Insurance – 34%
    • Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services – 34%
  • STEM will be a major area of new job growth, with over 219,000 total new jobs.  Of these new jobs,
    • 1% will require less than a high school diploma
    • 7.3% will require high school diploma
    • 15.5% will require some college but no degree
    • 14.6 will require associate’s degree
    • 31% will require bachelor’s degree
    • 30% will require master’s degree or higher

 


College and Career Readiness

2015 graduates test scores [4]

  • Average SAT – 1410/2400 (1490 US average)
  • Average ACT – 20.6 (20.8 US average)
  • 35% PSAT test takers on track to be college ready (48% US average)
  • 46% of AP test takers in Texas score a 3 on at least 1 test (57% US average)

2013-2014 High School Graduates Post-secondary statistics [5]

  • Only 17% of economically disadvantaged students who graduated on the minimum plan enrolled in post-secondary, compared to 56% of economically disadvantaged students who graduated on recommended/distinguished plan
  • 51% of high school graduates enroll in college immediately after high school
  • Economically disadvantaged students less likely to enroll in college
  • 80% of freshmen enrolled in post-secondary institutions were in 2-year institutions
  • 46% of students are enrolled part-time; 69% of 2-year institution enrollees are part-time
  • First-year retention
    • Full-time students: 77% for four-year, 57% for two-year
    • Part-time students: 66% for four-year, 45% for two-year

6-year completion rate of 2008 cohort [6]

  • 60% total
  • 68% White
  • 42% African American
  • 53% Hispanic

 


Other Facts

  • Less than 16 percent of Texas students who enter the educational pipeline in ninth grade are able to stay in the pipeline continuously until they graduate with a degree or certificate – only 7 states have lower rates [7]
  • 31% of population aged 25 and over with bachelor’s or higher (33% US) [8]
    • 27% of African American population
    • 15% of Hispanic population
  • Students who earn a bachelor’s degree have more than double the lifetime earnings of students with a high school diploma [9]

  • 60.5% 6-year graduation rate for Texas public 4-year universities [10]
  • 25% of Texas children live in poverty [11]
  • Texas’ state GDP is 1.63 trillion dollars, 2nd biggest in the US  [12]

We believe every Texas child, regardless of race, ethnicity or zip code, deserves a quality education. You can help make that happen.