The high-school graduation rate in Texas fell to its lowest level since 2012, according to a new report.
The drop came after the state’s highest-profile high school in Austin announced plans to cancel the 2019 graduation of some high school seniors.
The state’s graduation rate for students who graduate from high school rose to 73.7 percent in 2016, according a new analysis from the Austin School District.
That was the highest rate in the country and the third-highest rate nationally.
It was also the highest in Texas since 2013.
But that rate has dropped to 74.5 percent, according the Texas Education Agency.
The number of high school graduates who are now out of high-speed transportation, or in school longer than five years, has dropped from 4 percent in 2017 to 2 percent in 2019.
The agency reported that the number of students in special education dropped from 2,800 in 2017 and fell to 2,500 in 2019, which is a drop of 6 percent.
The report from the Texas Higher Education Commission says that the graduation rate also fell in districts in other Texas-related states such as Texas A&M and Texas Tech, but that there was a marked drop in the number who graduated from Texas Tech.
In 2019, just under half of the students in the district were in school more than five days a week, down from 51.5 in 2017.
But just over half of students were enrolled at least five days in a school week, up from 53.3 percent in 2018.
And the percentage of students who had a GPA above 3.0 dropped from 17.4 percent in 2020 to 12.9 percent in 2021.
The data released Monday by the Texas Department of Education shows that in 2017, more than 70 percent of students completed the high school curriculum, but the percentage was down to just 44.5% in 2021, according, as The Associated Press reported in March.More: