During the 2017-2018 academic year, RGV LEAD served 31 school districts with a total enrollment of 94,601 high school students at a cost of $5.19 per student. Data from independent sources, described below, indicates these programs are working for Valley students.
RGV LEAD contracts with the Texas Education Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin (Texas ERC) to perform an annual program evaluation. RGV LEAD’s initiatives all encourage students to participate in college-and-career-focused programs. The Texas ERC evaluation compares outcomes for college-and-career-focused students with non-college-and-career-focused high school students in the Rio Grande Valley. Using data from state-level databases for public schools, colleges and universities, and the workforce, the reports that the Texas ERC provides to RGV LEAD provide outcome information for students in “cohort groups,” following students from high school to college into the workforce. The Texas ERC report includes outcomes using the most recent statewide databases available.
The 2016-2017 Texas ERC Report shows that 2015 Valley high school graduates participating in RGV LEAD’s college-and-career-focused initiatives outperformed other students. College-and-career-focused students were more likely to:
Pass the state-mandated STAAR End of Course Exams
||70% compared to 75%
||54% compared to 44%
||64% compared to 53%
Enroll in Higher Education by the fall after graduation
Complete their college programs
|37% of 2010 Valley high school graduates participating in RGV LEAD’s college-and-career focused initiatives (Tech Prep) and enrolling in higher education had completed their program by 2015 compared to 16% for non-participants.
|32% of 2011 Valley high school graduates participating in RGV LEAD’s college-and-career-focused initiatives (Tech Prep) and enrolling in higher education had completed their program by 2015 compared to 15% for non-participants.
Be working one year after completing their college program
For additional information, see the most recent report: 2017 Labor Market Information Report