ERIC Number: ED459191
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Real Results, Remaining Challenges: The Story of Texas Education Reform.
Jerald, Craig D.
This paper summarizes what is known about the effects of Texas policies to raise academic standards, measure student performance, and impose consequences for results over the past decade. A careful review of the best available evidence shows that, while Texas has not yet achieved an education "miracle," the state has taken several steps forward and achieved some real successes. The Texas reforms have made a positive difference for students overall, especially for low-income and minority children. Texas still has a long way to go to improve the system enough for every student at every level. Texas has seen dramatic increases in passing rates across all grade levels and subjects on the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) examinations with equally dramatic decreases in test-score differences according to racial and socioeconomic status. Texas also ranked among the top states on the 1996 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) grade assessment, with Texas students tied for the highest gain in mathematics achievement from 1992 to 1996. Texas students scored well above average on the NAEP writing assessment in 1998. NAEP data are particularly impressive for African American students. The evidence also indicates that the gains have not come at the cost of higher dropout rates. High school completion rates in Texas have increased over the past 8 years. There are still substantial achievement gaps in Texas between different groups of students on state tests and NAEP assessments. Too many students fail to complete high school, and the state still has a long way to go to raise academic standards and student achievement so that all students graduate from high school and enroll in higher education ready to tackle college-level work. (Contains 12 tables and 16 figures.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Business Roundtable, Washington, DC.; Education Trust, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Texas
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress; Texas Assessment of Academic Skills