Facts and insights about Texas public schools
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How do Texas schools compare to other states?

One of the best ways to compare from state to state is the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

When student subgroups are compared, Texas students outperformed the national average on nearly every test. 

As an example, in 2009, fourth-grade Anglo students performed better than Anglo students in 45 other states (a ranking of fifth).  African-American students ranked 2nd among the states when African-American students were compared, and Hispanic students tied for seventh. 

In grade-8 reading, Anglo students ranked sixth in the nation, African-American students ranked 11th, and Hispanic students ranked 13th among the states.

These performance results are not the result of accident.  On a national exam with no benchmark tests (and no opportunity to “teach to the test”) many Texas students outscore their counterparts in other states, even though the financial resources their schoools have are low.

Texas public education is a great value, and we are proud of how our students are performing.

May 6, 2011