Report: Hispanics majority in Texas public schools for third straight year

Published 04/01 2014 08:00PM

Updated 04/01 2014 08:03PM

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Enrollment in Texas public schools continues to surge, growing by 820,019 students or more than 19 percent over the past decade, a new report released today by the Texas Education Agency found. The 2012-2013 school year marked the first time that statewide enrollment officially topped 5 million.

The growth is even more pronounced over a 25-year period. Between the 1987-1988 school year and the 2012-2013 school year, enrollment grew 57.4 percent or about 1.85 million students.

A new report called Enrollment in Texas Public Schools 2012-2013 documents the ethnically and culturally diverse populations that are increasingly attending the state’s public schools.

With an enrollment of 5,075,840 in 2012-2013, the student body was:

· 51.3 percent Hispanic;
· 30.0 percent white;
· 12.7 percent African American;
· 3.6 percent Asian; and
· 1.8 percent multiracial.

The Hispanic student body population became a majority back in 2010-2011 with 50.3 percent.

Enrollment increased for all student groups between 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 except for whites, who experienced a numeric and percentage decrease statewide.

Nineteen of the 20 education service center regions saw a percentage decline in white enrollment. The remaining area – the Region 1 Education Service Center in Edinburg – saw white enrollment hold steady at 1.7 percent.

Other highlights from the report include:

The number of students in grades 9-12 participating in career and technical education programs was 35.2 percent in 2012-2013, a slight decrease from 35.5 percent the previous year.

The number of students participating in bilingual or English as a Second Language programs increased by 268,538 or 46.9 percent between 2002-2003 and 2012-2013.

The percentage of children living in poverty remained steady at 60.3 percent.

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