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Dallas Morning News
October 7, 2014

By Terrence Stutz

AUSTIN — Texas high school students slipped to their lowest SAT math scores in more than two decades this year, while reading scores on the college entrance exam were the second lowest during that period.

Results being released Tuesday by the College Board, which administers the exam, showed that the average score on the math section of the SAT dropped four points from last year to 495. That was the lowest figure since 1992, when Texas students recorded an...

Dallas Morning News
October 2, 2014

By Dave Lieber

“My goal as governor,” Republican candidate Greg Abbott said this week during a debate, “is to work toward elevating the Texas education system to be ranked No. 1 in the nation.”

Can’t happen. I’ll show you why.

A leap to the top requires big change. Yet built into the infrastructure of the Texas public school system is a bias against change agents.

It’s part of the culture of the Texas Association of School Boards and the regional education...

Texas Education Agency
October 1, 2014

AUSTIN – The Texas Education Agency (TEA) today released Community and Student Engagement ratings for the state’s school districts, charters and campuses.

Under House Bill 5 passed last year by the 83rd Texas Legislature, all districts and charters are required to evaluate their performance, as well as the performance of each campus, in regard to community and student engagement. Districts must assign one of four performance ratings – Exemplary, Recognized, Acceptable or Unacceptable...

Waco Tribune
October 1, 2014


One in five students don’t graduate high school with their class, and many of those who do are not fully prepared for success in college or careers. Here in Texas, we have emerged as a leader in education and have seen graduation rates increase over the last six years. This is also the third year in a row that the Lone Star State has posted outstanding graduation rates that are among the best in the nation.

There’s no denying that...
September 29, 2014

By Lauren McGaughy

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on Friday appealed to the Texas Supreme Court a district court finding that the state's school finance system is unconstitutional.

State District Judge John Dietz's Aug. 30 ruling called Texas' current school finance system inefficient and inadequate, saying it created a de facto statewide property tax in violation of state law.
The decision, a reaffirmation of his 2013 ruling, was a victory for the 600 school...