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Governor:Greg Abbott
Commissioner of Education:Mike Morath
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:5,233,765
Number of school districts:1,265
Number of public schools:9,367
Number of public school teachers:342,257
Unadjusted education spending per student:$8,593
Percent minority students:71.0%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:58.7%
Percent of students with disabilities:8.6%
Percent of English-language learners:15.6%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:41.2%
8th grade math:33.0%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:28.7%
8th grade reading:28.0%

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Educational Opportunities and Performance in Texas
This Quality Counts 2019 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 16, 2019 – Quality Counts
The state has developed an extensive plan for fixing a violation of federal special education law, but federal officials want to see additional corrective actions and plan a visit to follow up.
October 31, 2018 – Education Week
A 17-year-old junior shot and killed 10 people, many of them students, and wounded 13 others in a rampage at Santa Fe High School in Texas. It was the 13th school shooting this year in which people were injured or killed by gunfire.
May 18, 2018 – Education Week
Lawmakers around the country are wrestling not only with how much money states should be be providing in school aid but how it should be distributed.
February 14, 2018 – Education Week
This Quality Counts 2018 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 17, 2018 – Quality Counts
The federal office of special education programs said the state failed to ensure that students were properly evaluated for special education, as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
January 11, 2018 – Education Week
Predicting and preparing for growth and deciding where to site schools forces officials to take the long view—and to expect the unexpected.
November 29, 2017 – Education Week
School leaders and teachers in districts upended by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have relied on Twitter, Facebook, and learning platforms to get messages and academic lessons to families and students.
September 20, 2017 – Education Week
The Houston school district’s technology chief, Lenny Schad, shares lessons about how his 216,000-student system responded to Hurricane Harvey, which besieged the community.
September 19, 2017 – Education Week
Houston education officials estimate it will cost $700 million to repair and replace schools damaged by Hurricane Harvey.
September 13, 2017 – Education Week

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