Measuring Up: The Debate Over Dropouts

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February 22, 1999

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Texas has one of the highest dropout rates in the nation - only two states have a higher percentage of students who drop out of high school (Arizona and Nevada). The national Kids Count Project estimates that 13 percent of all Texas' 16-19 year olds are not enrolled in school and not high school graduates. This 1999 report examines the controversies surrounding the definition of “dropout” as well as assessment of data provided by the Texas Education Agency.