The Texas Education Agency says our state has a school dropout rate of 9.4 percent for the Class of 2009.
Education experts at U.T. and Rice disagree and point to the TEA’s own report showing a combined dropout and attrition rate of nearly 29 percent.
The Intercultural Development and Research Association in San Antonio says the combined rate is even higher 31 percent with much higher percentages for Hispanic and African-American students and in large urban districts.
Critics of the state’s report say the TEA uses 14 so-called “Leaver codes” to show why students leave school. U-T professor Julian Hellig says there are “countless ways that Texas sanitizes the dropout problem”.
Studies at the Manhattan Institute and Friedman Foundation have also put the Texas dropout-attrition rate at more than 30 percent.