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ERIC Number: ED445028
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-27
Pages: 41
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Pre-Kindergarten-16 Educational Accountability System: The Lone Star State's Response and Is Anyone Listening?
San Miguel, Trinidad; Garza, Ruben; Gibbs, Warren
This report describes the accountability system for the Texas public schools and notes recognition the system has received. Since 1993, the state has had an accountability system for prekindergarten-12 schools. The addition in 1998 of an accountability system for educator preparation makes Texas the first state to create a prekindergarten-grade 16 educational accountability system aimed at improving the performance of public school systems. Findings related to the base indicators for the public school system show improvement for many student demographic groups. Texas is 1 of only 12 states recognized by the National Education Goals Panel for making progress toward the 8 national education goals, and it was 1 of 6 states to show improvement on National Assessment of Educational Progress mathematics scores between 1992 and 1996. The accountability system for educator preparation ensures that teacher candidates complete accredited programs and pass Texas certification tests. Texas was one of only two states to receive an "A" for educational improvement from the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation. Although an achievement gap still exists between students of color and white students, Texas is taking steps to reduce this disparity. Six appendixes contain portions of the Texas Administrative Code, a list of accredited teacher preparation programs, and supplemental information about educator certification. (Contains 1 table and 39 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas