El Paso graduation rate above average for state

El Paso graduation rate above average for state

Two state education agencies released new data on graduation rates in El Paso.

The agencies tracked nearly 13,000 El Pasoans over the last 11 years. Data gathered from the study shows the majority of teenagers in the Borderland are earning their diplomas.

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Education agency facilitated the study.

Findings show that a little more than 74 percent of students who started eighth grade in 2005 graduated high school, indicating a higher high school graduation rate than the state average.

The study also shows that about 57 percent of students enrolled in college, a higher enrollment rate than the state of Texas. However, only 18 percent graduated from college, which is about 2 percent lower than the state’s college graduation rate.

“I feel like a lot of people are like, ‘You know what, I'm going to skip college.’ they may not have the money for it,” Keshia Kwarteng said.

On average, the students studied are about 25 years old now, and it’s been about six years past their expected high school graduation date.

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