ERIC Number: ED440439
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Interim Report on Texas Public Schools, 1999. A Report to the 76th Texas Legislature.
Texas Education Agency, Austin.
This report describes the status of Texas public education in six chapters. The first chapter is a summary compilation of overall student performance on the state performance assessments. Over 78 percent of all students taking the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) passed all tests taken compared to 73 percent in 1998. This is impressive because students who were formerly excluded (students in special education and Spanish TAAS test takers) from the accountability system were included for the first time. Student dropouts is the subject of the second chapter. The 1997-98 annual dropout rate has stabilized over the past 2 years and is now at 1.6 percent. Chapter 3 presents the progress the state is making on the Academic Excellence Indicators established in law and/or adopted by the Commissioner of Education or the State Board of Education. The measures and indicators, among others, include: cumulative percent of students passing the exit-level TAAS; percentage of students taking end-of-course tests; and attendance rates and completion rates. Chapter 4 concerns district and campus performance in meeting state accountability standards. The number of districts and campuses who received exemplary and recognized ratings from the state accountability system continued to increase over the previous years. Chapter 5 concerns deregulation and waivers. A large decrease in the number of waivers granted reflects the increased local control provided to districts through changes in statute and board rules. The last chapter provides information on the funds and expenditures of the Texas Education Agency. (MLF)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Dropouts, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Performance Based Assessment, Public Schools, State Regulation, Tables (Data)
Publications Distribution Office, Texas Education Agency, 1701 North Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701-1494. Tel: 512-463-9744. For full text: http://www.tea.state.tx.us.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Education Agency, Austin.
Identifiers - Location: Texas