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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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In public school science classrooms, discussions about science should not be constrained by self-imposed definitions within science.
April 28, 2009 - Education Week
Pat Forgione had no experience running a school district before he arrived in Austin, Texas. As he prepares to depart 10 years later, he earns high marks from a once-skeptical city.
April 24, 2009 - Education Week
The document’s call for students to examine 'all evidence' is seen as allowing discussion of alternatives to evolution.
April 7, 2009 - Education Week
Aldine, Texas, district again tops the list of districts making progress in closing achievement gaps.
April 2, 2009 - Education Week
At the cutting edge of the 1990s’ push for test-based accountability, Kentucky is revamping its standards and assessments.
March 23, 2009 | Updated: April 4, 2012 - Education Week
“For reform-oriented accountability to work, test scores need to be highly sensitive to what educators do,” writes Walter M. Stroup.
March 13, 2009 - Education Week
A group of Texas charters aims to expand the ranks of disadvantaged students who graduate, not just from high school, but college as well.
February 23, 2009 - Education Week
Nationally, the average high school graduation rate for ELLs is 64 percent, compared with 80.1 percent for all students, according to an analysis by the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center of data reported by states to the federal government for the 2005-06 school year.
January 27, 2009 - Education Week
A Texas border district sees teacher training and data-based instruction as paths to learning gains—and the $1 million Broad award adds validation.
December 1, 2008 - Education Week

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