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Governor:Rick Perry
Commissioner of Education:Robert Scott
Quality Counts state grade:C+
Pre-K-12 enrollment:4,934,366
Number of school districts:1,239
Number of public schools:8,732
Number of public school teachers:334,997
Unadjusted education spending per student:$8,788
Percent minority students:68.8%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:50.1%
Percent of students with disabilities:9.0%
Percent of English-language learners:15.0%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:41.1%
8th grade math:37.9%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:28.5%
8th grade reading:30.8%

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The district was commended for raising student achievement, increasing the graduation rate, narrowing academic gaps for low-income and Hispanic students, and improving college-readiness.
October 1, 2013 - Education Week
A fierce fight over state-developed lesson plans used by hundreds of Texas districts echoes the national debate over new common-core content.
September 20, 2013 - Education Week
Around the country, schools and community groups are moving beyond dropout prevention to recover the students who have already left.
May 31, 2013 - Education Week
Tough work continues in assuring everyone is on board in a Texas city with 15 independent school districts.
April 23, 2013 - Education Week
Buoyed by a local tax, the Texas city aims to open an unusual and ambitious public preschool program in August.
April 23, 2013 - Education Week
Proposed legislation would lower the number of end-of-course exams as well as the number of core courses students must take.
April 2, 2013 - Education Week
Advocates push options for parents to demand turnaround of low-performing schools, while critics say the laws could undermine public education.
March 21, 2013 | Updated: March 28, 2013 - Education Week
Senate Education Committee Chairman Dan Patrick said that some high school end-of-course tests may scrapped this spring if the Legislature acts quickly enough on a bill that would sharply reduce the number of exams required for graduation.
March 12, 2013 - McClatchy-Tribune
The applications for flexibility under the NCLB law from Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wyoming are no sure thing.
March 12, 2013 - Education Week
Several of the nation's largest states showed gains in math and reading over roughly two decades, a new study says, though there's room to improve.
February 21, 2013 - Education Week

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