Email, response to PolitiFact Texas, Lloyd Potter, Texas state demographer, Feb. 7, 2013
That’s the latest (2011 ACS). TX tied with CA and MS. That’s an improvement. In 2010 we were tied with CA and in 2009 we were last (per ACS one year estimates). Go TEXAS! The ACS is really the one standard we have for cross state comparisons.
We’re in the process of producing projections of educational attainment. If trends continue, preliminarily, things are heading in the right direction.
From: Selby, Gardner (CMG-Austin) [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, February 07, 2013 5:20 PM
To: Lloyd Potter
Subject: Reporter inquiry
We are checking a claim that Texas ranks last in its share of residents with high school diplomas.
According to the 2011 ACS, Texas was tied for last with CA and MISS with 81.1 percent of adults 25 and older having completed high school or the equivalent. Is this a solid gauge? Is there anything better?
I am attaching the bureau’s chart.
W. Gardner Selby