ATPE Blog Guest Post: 14 vs 86—Are Texas Public Schools Failing?
Date Posted: 4/21/2015
By Mary Ann Whiteker
- In 2013, 88 percent of ninth graders completed high school in four years (another 4.6 percent continued high school).
- Graduation rates from 2007-2013 reflect increases for the following:
- African American students rose from 70.7 to 84 percent.
- White students rose from 88 to 93 percent.
- Hispanic students rose from 66 to 85 percent.
- Graduation rates in Texas compared to the nation:
- Asian students rank first. o Hispanic students rank second.
- Economically disadvantaged students rank first.
- Texas students rank eighth in the world in math and 11th in science, surpassing countries such as Finland, England, Germany, and France.
- The new Texas accountability ratings revealed that 92.59 percent of Texas school districts achieved the rating of “met standard” based on a new assessment system and curriculum standards that are “a mile wide and an inch deep.”
- US students rank No. 1 internationally in reading.
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