Facts and insights about Texas public schools

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Demographics tell cautionary tale

From today’s Houston Chronicle:

Texas could be the pacesetter:  It has a young and rapidly growing population.  Educate that workforce and Texas becomes a vibrant, thriving state for decades.  Unfortunately, that young population is overwhelmingly minority and under-educated, and there appears to be little political interest in addressing the needs of that demographic group.

Read the whole article.


April 15, 2014

TEA Posts 2013 Snapshot

The 2013 Snapshot: School District Profiles is now available on the Texas Education Agency (TEA) website. The Snapshot is an on-line resource that provides an overview of public education in Texas and profiles of each public school district and charter school for a particular school year. View the Snapshot.

April 12, 2014

Five Million Students in Texas Public Schools

According to new reports, student enrollment in Texas public schools has exceeded five million.

The growth in enrollment in public schools in the state is amazing:  19% over the last decade;  57% over the past 25 years.

See the TEA news release  and one of the news  articles.

April 2, 2014

Texas School Funding Ranked in Bottom Five States

According to the Dallas News today,

 Texas has moved up slightly in per-pupil spending among the states, after the Legislature added funding last year. But it still ranks in the bottom five states, a new report shows.

Texas spends an average of $8,998 per student this school year, 46th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, a comparison by the National Education Association shows. That is well under the national average of $11,674.

That’s an improvement from last year, when the state ranked 49th. But it could be a blow to the state’s effort to fend off a suit from more than 600 school districts. They contend that the current Texas school finance system is unconstitutional because funding is inadequate to meet state standards and is distributed unfairly.

Read the whole article here.

March 26, 2014

Overview of Research on Pre-Kindergarten

March 17, 2014

Early College High Schools on the Rise

An article in the Texas Tribune today reports that “early college high schools” — that is, public high schools where students can earn one to three semesters of college credit free of charge — are one of the fastest growing school reforms in the state.

Efforts to start early college high schools in Texas began in 2004 with a proposal for 15.  By 2010, there were 40.  By next year, there will be more than 100.

According to the American Institutes for Research, students who attend early college high schools, regardless of their socioeconomic backgrounds, are more likely to attend college.

Read the article here.

March 11, 2014

Changes to SAT Test Announced

Yesterday a number of interesting changes were announced for the SAT test that is now taken by many high school students hoping to go to college.    Read articles about the SAT changes here and here.

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March 6, 2014

New Book: 50 Myths and Lies That Threaten America’s Public Schools

Lately several new books have sought to examine the truth about public schools in the U.S.  Now a couple of well-known authors have published a book examining 50 myths and lies about public education.  The subtitle is “The Real Crisis in Education.”

Read more about the book here.

February 28, 2014

Funding and Testing Top Poll Results

Increasing funding for public schools tops the list of most effective changes Texas could make in public education, according to a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.  The second most effective change, according to respondents to the Poll, would be reducing the number of standardized tests students must take.

See the article here.

February 26, 2014

Article on Privatization of Public Schools

Recently there have been numerous articles about the privatization of public schools.   Find one  article here.

February 25, 2014