Evaluation of the Texas Education System
The goal of any states education system is to create a policy to successfully reach all students and to provide access and equality of opportunity for all citizens to receive an education while remaining within reasonable funding limits. This is an elusive goal pursued by all state governments that is still left without a definite solution but simply an evaluation of how well students in each state perform. The “mission” of the Texas Education System is to “ensure that all Texas children have access to a quality education that enables them to achieve their potential and fully participate now and in the future in the social, economic, and educational opportunities of our state and nation” according to Education Code of Texas. The major criteria for judging the success of a state’s education system are graduation rates, dropout rates and the level of funding states provides public education facilities.
Texas has had a long history of struggling graduation rates which legislators have tried to address though many policy changes often ending in mixed results. Texas has ranked the lowest in the nation for the percentage of population over the age of twenty five without a high school diploma. Poor education is blamed for economic decline which spurs tougher education, causing unrealistic expectations for students in today’s education system. Texas is currently ranked 36th in the nation with a 68% graduation rate according to the Texas Comptroller, Carole Keeton Strayhorn. Texas has tried to address this tricky issue through many key policy changes in recent years with one of the most significant is the adoption of a new system of state testing called the STAAR test. The test is designed to be more rigorous than previous tests and will measure a child’s performance, as well as academic growth. The theory behind this test is to make Texas school’s curriculums more concepts based and relevant to what students have previously...
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