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Use the Education Counts Database to find more detailed state information, ranks, comparisons across states, national statistics and more.
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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Central-office support, access to the full curriculum, and teacher training help urban districts educate English-learners, a report finds.
October 28, 2009 – Education Week
Scholars say students need chances to speak in class and to find a "personal voice" in the new language.
October 21, 2009 – Education Week
The state school board tells writers to reinstate holidays and give more prominence to minority figures in the social studies standards.
September 30, 2009 – Education Week
The Education Department says California, Illinois, Michigan, and Texas are at “high risk” for spending problems under the economic-stimulus program.
September 30, 2009 | Updated: May 5, 2016 – Education Week
The state is a national leader in trying to ensure that students are ready for postsecondary study.
September 23, 2009 – Education Week
The award for urban education goes to a Texas district for the second year in a row.
September 23, 2009 | Updated: May 5, 2016 – Education Week
"The capability to analyze and evaluate scientific explanations is one of the primary skills required of the scientist, not the high school student of science," writes Jonathan Osborne.
September 2, 2009 – Education Week
In a state with a history of ideological battles over curriculum, those preparing new standards wrestle with who and what to include.
August 17, 2009 – Education Week
Lawmakers toughened graduation requirements and lifted a mandate that districts spend 65 percent of their operating budgets in the classroom.
June 26, 2009 – Education Week

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