Fewer than 3 in 10 Texas 8th graders are proficient in reading and 4 in 10 are proficient in math on the National Assessment of Educational Progress exam, i.e., the nation’s “report card.” We have a plan to change that.
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Sen. Larry Taylor
Chairman of the Texas Senate Education Committee
Contrary to the untrue assertions being made in many social media circles, SB 893, recently passed by the Texas Senate, did not cut teacher pay and does not solely base a teacher's future pay on students' test scores. In fact, it does many things that are just the opposite of what has been said.
Houston Chronicle, April 10, 2015
There are currently 297 public school campuses in Texas that have been failing for at least two consecutive school years. And there are 147,769 children trapped in those schools. You and I don't know the names of these children but they are depending on us, nonetheless, to do something that will change their future. Their future, in most cases, is determined by their access to a quality education.
Texans for Education Reform (TER) is a bipartisan, non-profit organization of educational, business and civic leaders who are committed to our children. We no longer accept the status quo of mediocre and failing schools and statistics like those reported in a 2014 Harvard study which showed that 73.5% of Texas 8th grade students are not proficient in reading and 60% are not proficient in math. TER is working to ensure all Texas children have access to high quality public schools that will prepare them to think critically in order to succeed in their career and life.