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How Houston-Area School Districts Compare on Graduation Rates

Most of the region’s largest districts posted 90 percent or better.


The graduation rate for Texas has hit a new high. Eighty-eight percent of students finished high school last year, according to the state’s data.

Here in Greater Houston, most of the largest school districts fared even better.

Cy-Fair, Fort Bend, Katy, Alief and Clear Creek all posted graduation rates of 90 percent or higher.

Elaina Polsen is with Clear Creek ISD and says, “There’s certainly not one single strategy that we use for success but we are certainly very proud of the continuous improvement that we’ve seen year after year of our graduating class.”

She says good attendance is one area that can lead to more students graduating.

Other factors are high expectations, lessons that connect to real life and safety nets for struggling students.

Freeda Creech is with Katy ISD and says, “Yes, we are ahead of the state and when you’re there, it’s probably harder to maintain a higher rate than it is. You have room to grow if you’re already at the lower level.”

Some of the districts that are lagging behind the state include Spring, Aldine and Houston.

Bea Marquez is with HISD. She’s says they’re trying new methods — like flexible hours at non-traditional campuses — to improve on their 78-percent rate.

“Everyone is keeping their eyes wide open at trying to address these early warning indicators and keep children from dropping out of school.”

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Laura Isensee

Laura Isensee

Education Reporter

Laura Isensee covers education for Houston Public Media, including K-12 and higher education. Previously, she was a staff reporter at The Miami Herald and contributed to South Florida’s NPR affiliate. Her work has also appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Reuters and Clarín in Argentina. Laura has won awards for...

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