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Outcome: Academically Successful and Workforce Ready

% of Central Texas graduates meeting college readiness standards

61% of Central Texas High School Graduates are College Ready

Target: 95% for the Class of 2016

Significance of Indicator: Access to a good job requires training beyond a high school diploma. A Georgetown University report found that 62% of jobs in Texas will require education beyond high school by 2020. Locally, all of the ‘targeted’ occupations in the 2015 State of the Workforce report require training beyond high school. A higher level of education is needed to obtain the income necessary to achieve self-sufficiency. The Hamilton Project found that earnings for people with a high school diploma or less declined, while earnings increased for people with a bachelor’s degree or above, between 1990 and 2013. High school attendance, grade point average, and test scores, are associated with greater college success, according to research cited by the College & Career Readiness & Success Center.

what the data tell us

College readiness rates in Central Texas continue to surpass the statewide readiness rates. Since 2010, college ready rates have gradually increased for Central Texas and the state. In the Class of 2014, 61% of Central Texas seniors and 54% of seniors statewide graduated ready for college.

Definition: Percent of high school graduates who scored at or above the criterion score on both the TAKS, SAT, or ACT English language arts and mathematics tests.

Data Source: State data were collected from the Texas Education Agency. The Central Texas data includes 35 school districts and was aggregated by E3 Alliance.

Data Considerations: To learn more about college readiness criterion visit the TEA's website, here. This data does not include the college readiness rates of high school seniors who dropped out, continued high school, or received a GED.

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The story behind the indicator

Although many local students continue to graduate high school unprepared for higher education or the workforce, the local rate of college and career readiness has increased over time. In the class of 2014, E3 reports that 61% of graduating students met state college and career readiness standards. This represents a 3% increase since the class of 2007, when 59% of graduating students met state standards. College ready rates for individual districts have trended upward over time, though they vary widely by district. Schools in the eastern portion of the metro area and schools in more rural areas tend to have lower rates of college readiness. Readiness rates vary by income as well, with students living in low-income families less likely to graduate ready for college or careers than their higher income peers.

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A closer look at the story behind the indicator

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Percent of High School Graduates that are College Ready

College readiness rates in area school districts have trended upward over time, though they vary by district. From the Class of 2010 to the Class of 2014, the local districts shown below increased college ready rates by an average of 20%, compared to a 19% increase in the state as a whole.

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Definition: Percent of high school graduates who scored at or above the criterion score on both the TAKS, SAT, or ACT English language arts and mathematics tests.

Data Source: Texas Education Agency

Data Considerations: To learn more about college readiness criterion visit the TEA's website, here. This data does not include the college readiness rates of high school seniors who dropped out, continued high school, or received a GED.

Central Texas Graduates that are College Ready by Economic Status

Economically disadvantaged students are much less likely to graduate from high school college ready than non-economically disadvantaged students. For the Class of 2014, 42% of economically disadvantaged graduates in Central Texas were college ready compared 72% of non-economically disadvantaged students.

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Definition: Percent of high school graduates who scored at or above the criterion score on both the TAKS, SAT, or ACT English language arts and mathematics tests.

Data Source: Texas Education Agency. Data was aggregated by the E3 Alliance.

Data Considerations: To learn more about college readiness criterion visit the TEA’s website,  here. This data does not include the college readiness rates of high school seniors who dropped out, continued high school, or received a GED.

Graduates that are Ready by Subject, Class of 2014

Central Texas students were more likely to be college ready in both subjects than students in Texas as a whole. In the Class of 2014, 72% of Central Texas students were college ready in Math and 73% of Central Texas students were college ready in English Language Arts, compared to 67% of Texas students in Math and 68% of Texas students in English Language Arts.

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Definition: Percent of high school graduates who scored at or above the criterion score on both the TAKS, SAT, or ACT English language arts and mathematics tests. To learn more about college readiness criterion visit the TEA’s website, here.

Data Source: Texas Education Agency.

Data Considerations: This data does not include the college readiness rates of high school seniors who dropped out, continued high school, or received a GED.

Graduation and College-Ready Rates, Class of 2014

Although both 4-year graduation and college-ready rates have risen over time, many students who graduate high school in our area do not complete school ready for college. The 4-year graduation rate for the class of 2014 was 88%. Of students graduating in the class of 2014, 61% were college ready. Furthermore, rates of graduation and college readiness vary widely by district.

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Definition: Four year completion rate for grades 9-12 and Percent of high school graduates who scored at or above the criterion score on both the TAKS, SAT, or ACT English language arts and mathematics tests. To learn more about college readiness criterion visit the TEA’s website, here.

Data Source: Texas Education Agency.

Data Considerations: This data does not include the college readiness rates of high school seniors who dropped out, continued high school, or received a GED. The 4-graduation and college ready rates include slightly different universes of students. The 4-year graduation rate measures the percentage of a cohort of entering 9th graders who have graduated from high school within 4-years. The College Ready rate measures the percent of all graduating students in the Class of 2013 who were considered college ready. The college ready indicator, therefore, may include some students who took more than four years to graduate.

Percent of Students Graduating College Ready, by High School, Austin MSA, Class of 2014

The map below shows college readiness rates for the Class of 2014 for traditional high schools in districts located in the 5-county Austin-Round Rock Metro Area. Generally, college readiness rates are higher at high schools located to the west, and lower at high schools located in the eastern portion of the metro area.

map showing the four-year graduation rates for the Class of 2014 for high schools in districts located in the Austin MSA.

Definition: Percent of high school graduates who scored at or above the criterion score on both the TAKS, SAT, or ACT English language arts and mathematics tests by high school. To learn more about college readiness criterion visit the TEA’s website, here.

Data Source: Texas Education Agency. Map was created by the Community Advancement Network.

Data Considerations: This data does not include the college readiness rates of high school seniors who dropped out, continued high school, or received a GED.

disproportionately impacted

Students from Low-Income Families: A study from the National Center of Education Studies found that students from low-income families who are college ready are just as likely to enroll in post-secondary education as their non-economically disadvantaged peers. Low-income students who do not score as college ready tend to face a multitude of other factors that discourage their college enrollment including low educational expectations (for themselves and from their families), poor academic preparation (students who do not score as college ready are less likely to have taken rigorous courses), and the perception that college costs are too high and that financial aid is likely to be inadequate.