Texas



State Governance

State Board of Education

Texas’ State Board of Education consists of fifteen members, each serving a four-year term. Board members are elected by a partisan ballot.

The State Board of Education has the authority over::

  • Content Standards Adoption
  • Summative Assessments
  • Authorizing Charter Schools as One Authorizer Among Others

Governor

Greg Abbott (R)

Chief State School Officer

Mike Morath

Appointed by the governor

State Context

State Demographics

Public Education Enrollment by Special Populations:

Free and Reduced Price Lunch: 60.1%

English Language Learners: 15.5%

Served by IDEA: 8.6%

 

2015 NAEP State Data

Reading scores for Grade 4 by state average, race/ethnicity, and NSLP-eligibility compared to the national average:

Reading scores for Grade 4 by race/ethnicity between 2003 and 2015, additional national average data is included:

 

Mathematics scores for Grade 8 by state average, race/ethnicity, and NSLP-eligibility compared to the national average:

 

Mathematics scores for Grade 8 by race/ethnicity between 2003 and 2015, additional national average data is included:

 

Science scores for Grade 8 by state average, race/ethnicity, and NSLP-eligibility compared to the national average:

 

Graduation Rates

 

Adjusted cohort graduation rate between 2011 and 2015:

 

Charter Schools

Year Charter School Law was Enacted: 1995

Number of Charter Schools in the 2014-15 Year: 721

Number of Students Served by Charter Schools in the 2014-15 Year: 264,606

Charter School Cap Law: Texas law has a cap on open enrollment for 285 charters in 2017.

ESSA Plan & Implementation

Texas intends to submit its ESSA consolidated application to the U.S. Department of Education on September 18, 2017. Learn more about Texas’ ESSA approach.