Austin schools lag behind peers in graduating low-income students

Austin schools lag behind peers in graduating low-income students

Austin schools lag behind peers in graduating low-income students

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on August 25, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Updated Sunday, Aug 25 at 2:40 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A newspaper analysis says the Austin school district has graduated its low-income students at a lower rate for the past two years than any other large urban district in Texas.

Our exclusive content partner the Austin American-Statesman reports that Austin places at the bottom of the so-called "Big 8" urban Texas school districts when it comes to graduating students who qualify for free or reduced lunch in spite of improvements in recent years.

Just less than 79 percent of the district's 2,400 low-income students in the class of 2012 graduated. Austin also ranked second-to-last in the graduation rates of Hispanic students and in the middle for black students.

The district's overall graduation rate peaked in 2012 at 82.5 percent. The district's credit-recovery and drop-out prevention programs have contributed to recent gains.

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