The number of eighth-graders in Bell and Coryell counties who go on to receive a post-secondary degree from a Texas college or university is slightly below the state’s average, according to data from Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Education Agency.

About 300,000 students enter eighth grade in Texas public schools annually, according to a study by the Texas Tribune, which analyzed the data.

It anonymously tracked 3,535 students in Bell County for 11 years to determine how many achieved a post-secondary certificate or degree from a Texas college or university within six years of their high school graduation date.

About 17.3 percent of the Bell County students, who now are in their 20s, received a degree in that time period, according to the data.

That’s 2.1 percent below the state’s average of 19.4 percent of students who receive degrees from a Texas school.

Of the 851 students in Coryell County who began eighth grade in 2001, 18.8 percent received a degree within six years of their anticipated graduation date, according to data. | 254-501-7553 | @SarahRafique

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