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Governor:Greg Abbott
Commissioner of Education:Mike Morath
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:5,152,591
Number of school districts:1,229
Number of public schools:8,748
Number of public school teachers:334,580
Unadjusted education spending per student:$8,299
Percent minority students:70.0%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:60.1%
Percent of students with disabilities:8.6%
Percent of English-language learners:15.5%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:44.0%
8th grade math:32.3%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:30.6%
8th grade reading:28.0%

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August 26, 2015 – Education Week
A spike in the number of children drowning this summer in Dallas County is bolstering calls for water-safety lessons in and out of school.
July 23, 2015 – Education Week
Even teachers in states that never adopted the standards are downloading common-core-aligned curricula for their classrooms.
July 8, 2015 – Education Week
The recent police violence in McKinney, Texas, and elsewhere should be a clarion call to colleges of education to confront patterns of racial injustice, writes Nicole Nguyen.
July 8, 2015 – Education Week
This Diplomas Count 2015 State Graduation Brief contains state-specific data on high school completion and includes a special focus on students with disabilities. The information is presented in a series of charts and graphs, and includes comparisons to national averages.
June 4, 2015 – Education Week
Superintendent Terry B. Grier details how his district's high school program promotes college access and persistence for low-income students.
June 3, 2015 – Education Week
For all the anecdotal claims about teacher turnover in charter schools, the available data on the topic are remarkably muddled.
June 3, 2015 – Education Week
School choice, a state-run district, teacher evaluations, and K-12 funding are among the issues facing legislators now in the midst of their biennial session.
April 1, 2015 – Education Week
A still-nascent effort is under way to shift school district budgeting to a multi-year, collaborative process that has finance and academic officials working in tandem.
March 18, 2015 – Education Week
This Quality Counts 2015 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 8, 2015 – Quality Counts

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