Texas’ young adults rank 40th nationwide for college degrees
WASHINGTON — Texas is one of the least highly educated states in the country, according to a study released Thursday by the company that administers the SAT and Advanced Placement tests.
Among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Texas falls in the No. 40 spot for residents between the ages of 25 and 34 who hold an associate degree or higher, according to the study by the College Board.
Less than one third, or 27 percent, of Texans in that age range have earned a postsecondary degree. The national average is 41 percent.
Richard Reddick, an assistant professor in the College of Education at University of Texas, said he is not surprised that Texas has a low college degree attainment rate. Reddick said the state has a large number of first-generation college students, as well as a high percentage of low-income students who often are ill-prepared for college or unable to finish college because of financial struggles.
The study, which focused on data from 2007, found that the District of Columbia has the highest percentage of young people with college degrees. More than 62 percent of D.C. residents between the ages of 25 and 34 have a postsecondary degree.
Arkansas is in last place, with 22.5 percent of the younger population having a postsecondary degree.