Texas College Prep Test Scores Keep Pace with, but Fail to Exceed, National Average
SAT Average Scores for 2021 High School Graduates
ACT Average Scores (2021)
Percent of ACT Test Takers Meeting the Benchmark, By Subject Area (2021)
Texas High School Students Less Prepared for College Academics
PSAT/NMSQT Test Takers Who Are on Track to be College Ready (2020-2021)
Percent of AP Test Takers who Scored at Least a 3 on at Least One AP Test (2001 – 2021)
Texas Tops the Most Populous States in High School Graduation Rates
States with the Highest High School Graduation Rates (2018-2019)
High School Graduation Rates, by Race/Ethnicity (2018-2019)
Fifteen Percent of Texans Aged 25 or Older Lack a High School Diploma
People Age 25 and Older Who Have Not Finished High School (2019)
People Age 25 and Older Who Have Not Finished High School (2018)
Source: : Texas Demographic Center, Texas Population Projections Program, “Population Projections for the State of Texas and Counties in One File,” 2018 (https://demographics.texas.gov/Data/TPEPP/Projections/Index.aspx); High school completion among 25 and older: U.S. Census Bureau, 2019 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, Detailed Tables (http://www.census.gov/acs/www/); High school graduation rates: U.S. Department of Education, ED Data Express, Data about elementary and secondary schools in the U.S. (http://eddataexpress.ed.gov/).
Percent of Texas High School Graduates Enrolling in College Immediately after High School Has Fallen Over Past Ten Years
Percentage of Texas High School Graduates Enrolling in College Immediately after Graduation*
* Includes only Texas high school graduates who enrolled in a Texas public or private, nonprofit college or university. Data on students who enrolled at proprietary institutions or enrolled in out-of-state schools are not available.
Source: “Closing the Gaps” goals: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Closing the Gaps. October 2000 (http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/reports/PDF/0379.PDF?CFID=11742258&CFTOKEN=38987795 ); Texas high school students enrolling in college immediately after graduation: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) High School to College Linkages, 2020, “High School Graduates Enrolled in Higher Education the Following Fall: State Summary by Ethnicity and Higher Education Sector, Fall 2000 to Fall 2020” (http://www.txhighereddata.org/index.cfm?objectId=77D62E90-D970-11E8-BB650050560100A9)
Low-Income Texas High School Graduates Are Less Likely to Directly Enroll in College
Percentage of 2019-2020 Texas High School Graduates Enrolled in Texas Higher Education in Fall 2020, by Ethnicity
Number of 2019-2020 Texas High School Graduates, by Ethnicity
* The Texas Education Agency (TEA) collects data on whether a student is “economically disadvantaged” based on the student’s eligibility for free or reduced lunch as a proxy for family income. The TEA does not have detailed information about family income.
Source: The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, “2019-2020 High School Graduates Enrolled in Higher Education Fall 2020, by Diploma Type and Ethnicity” (unpublished tables).
Rio Grande Valley Has Highest FAFSA Completion Rates in Texas, East Texas the Lowest
Fall 2021 FAFSA Completion Rate by Region*
* Fall 2021 represents the class of 2020-2021 high school seniors completing the FAFSA as of September 24, 2021.
The Importance of College Prep Programs in High School
Percent of 2016-17 Texas High School Graduates, Enrolled in Texas Higher Education in Fall 2017 that Met All TSI Standards
* A high school student who graduates under either the Recommended or Distinguished achievement program is considered to have a College Prep diploma for the purposes of this analysis, and a graduate of the Foundation or Minimum achievement program is considered a Minimum program. The Recommended and Distinguished programs require more completed credits (26) in mathematics, science, social studies, language other than English, and fine arts than the minimum program. The Minimum program has fewer required completed credits (22).