ERIC Number: ED439527
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Sep-7
Overview of Education in Texas. Measuring Up: The State of Texas Education. A Special Report of the Texas Kids Count Project.
Center for the Public Policy Priorities, Austin, TX.; Texas Univ., Austin. Center for Social Work Research.
This is the first in a series of reports about public education in Texas. This introductory report summarizes many of the challenges faced by students in Texas, as well as challenges faced by the schools they attend. It focuses on low income and disadvantaged children and describes some of the major education-reform efforts currently being discussed. The report opens with a profile of Texas school children and a discussion of some of the challenges faced by these children. It explores environmental and social factors, family literacy, early childhood education, learning standards and student assessment, student achievement, social promotion, dropouts, children with special challenges, bilingual education, special education, school finance, school crowding, professional development, technology in schools, school facilities, parental and family involvement with schools, violence in schools, school-community partnerships, charter schools, contracting, school-choice magnet schools, school-based services for children and their families, and vouchers. The report concludes that almost half of all students in Texas are considered economically disadvantaged, with many of them lacking English proficiency or suffering from disabilities and barriers to learning. Each issue raised in the report serves as a brief introduction to each of the topics to be discussed in more detail in upcoming reports. (RJM)
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Needs Assessment, Public Schools, State Surveys
The Center for Public Policy Priorities, 900 Lydia Street, Austin, TX 78702. Tel: 512-320-0222; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For full text: http://www.cppp.org/kidscount.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Public Policy Priorities, Austin, TX.; Texas Univ., Austin. Center for Social Work Research.
Identifiers - Location: Texas