Commissioner Blog

  • Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath will provide important information for teachers, administrators, parents, and students involved in Texas public education.


  • #IAmTXEd shares stories about successful Texas teachers

    There is no shortage of great work taking place in classrooms all across our state every school day. Leading that work on every campus are the many outstanding teachers who are making a difference in the lives of their students. That’s why I am so proud of our newest initiation at the Texas Education Agency – #IAmTXEd.

    STAAR Administration Process Sees Improvement

    In December 2016, more than 600,000 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) end-of-course assessments were administered in our schools statewide during a five-day window. You may not have heard too much about that – and that’s a good thing.

    A-F: A Work-in-Progress

    The 84th Legislature passed House Bill 2804, changing the Texas school accountability system so that every campus and district receives one of five ratings from A-F. The ratings will be issued for the first time in August 2018.

    Collaboration will mean a stronger Texas

    Earlier this year, Gov. Greg Abbott established the Tri-Agency Workforce Initiative, which brought together the Texas Education Agency, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and Texas Workforce Commission to assess local economic activity, examine workforce challenges and opportunities and consider innovative approaches to meeting the state’s workforce goals.

    PAEMST Awards Highlight Outstanding Teachers

    Four Texas teachers have been named recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, or PAEMST. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on the behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

    Teachers Prep for School with Academies

    The start of a new school year is an exciting time in communities all across our state. It’s heartening to know that the goal on every campus is to help every student succeed and prepare them for whatever they one day choose to do in life. And as we all know, reading and math are the fundamental subjects that lead to success for students in every class throughout their public education.

    And Then There Were Twelve
    As I write this particular blog, 12 school districts have let me know that their school board has formally adopted a local innovation plan. Notification to the Commissioner of Education marks completion of a new District of Innovation designation process.

    National Honors for Texas Charter School

    In a recent national announcement, the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation named IDEA Public Schools the winner of the 2016 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools.

    Insights on the STAAR Grade 5 and 8 decision

    Commissioner Mike Morath explains his decision to cancel retesting for fifth and eighth-grade students.

    Texas Public School Enrollment Rises about 19 Percent in a Decade

    The “Enrollment in Texas Public Schools 2014-15” report is now available on the agency website. Beyond providing a snapshot of what the student numbers looked like last school year, this report also gives an overview on the shifts we have seen in classrooms across our state. These shifts are reflective of the opportunities and challenges faced by our teachers on every public school campus.