P-16 describes an integrated system of education stretching from preschool (the P) through a four-year college degree (grade 16). It is designed to improve student achievement by getting children off to a good start, raising academic standards, conducting appropriate assessments, improving teacher quality and generally smoothing student transitions from one level of learning to the next. It also focuses on helping all children meet the proficiency levels needed to succeed at the next education level and in the workforce. The P-16 philosophy supports students during their early education and K-12 public school experience and builds a bridge from high school completion to postsecondary success.
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Texas Regional P-16 Councils
A number of regional P-16 councils (outside are currently at work in Texas. Membership includes local and regional K-12, higher education, and business and community leaders. Regional P-16 councils work to address the complex issues in their local education systems, while promoting a college-going culture and serving the important purpose of strengthening the state's progress toward the goals of closing the gaps
Texas P-16 Data and Information
TEA K-12 Data Resources and Research
This page provides links to state performance data and research resources, including Texas Academic Performance Reports, Academic Excellence Indicator System Reports, TEA's Division of Accountability Research, the Dropout Prevention Clearinghouse, and the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS).
Texas Higher Education Data (outside source)
Created and maintained by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the links on this page provide access to Texas higher education data and related data sources via reports, statistics, queries, and other interactive tools.
Texas Public Education Information Resource (TPEIR) (outside source)
This site provides data about Texas students from pre-kindergarten through college and pre-kindergarten through high school educators
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's Closing the Gaps (outside source)
This page contains reports and data about the Closing the Gaps by 2015 plan and related initiatives.
P-16 College Readiness and Success Strategic Action Plan (PDF)
As required by House Bill 1, 79th Legislature, Third Called Session, the P-16 Council recommends eight objectives designed to increase student success and decrease the number of students enrolling in developmental course work in institutions of higher education.
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Legislative Progress Report on P-16 College Readiness and Success Plan, December 2010 (PDF)
P-16 College Readiness and Success Strategic Action Plan Update, December 2008 (PDF)
As required by House Bill 1, 79th Legislature, Third Called Session, the P-16 Council provides an annual update regarding implementation of the P-16 College Readiness and Success Strategic Action Plan.
P-16 Implementation Report on College Readiness and Success Strategic Action Plan (2006)
Texas Education Code §61.0761 (House Bill 1, 79th Legislature, Third Called Session) requires the submission of a progress report to members of the executive branch, Legislative Budget Board, and selected members of the Legislature regarding the creation and implementation of the P-16 College Readiness and Success Strategic Action Plan. This report is no longer available online. Contact 512 463-9682 for a copy.
Texas P-16 Council Report on Educator Quality: Report on Recommendations (2006-2007) (PDF)
A report to the Texas P-16 Council from the Educator Quality Committee on recommendations related to excellence in educator recruitment, preparation, development, and retention.
Study on Dual Credit Programs in Texas: Report to the 80th Legislature
In 2005, the 79th Texas Legislature passed HB 2808 which required the P-16 Council to review existing school district programs that provide high school students with the opportunity to enroll in dual credit and concurrent enrollment courses. The bill further directed the Council to review the recommended high school program to determine the feasibility of offering an advanced curriculum that would allow a high school student to graduate with at least twelve hours of college-level coursework utilizing dual credit and/or concurrent enrollment courses. This report is no longer available online. Contact (512) 463-9682 for a copy.
Central Texas Student Futures Project at the Ray Marshall Center (outside source)
The Student Futures Project, spearheaded by the Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources and Skillpoint Alliance, explores the progress and motivations of Central Texas high school students as they move onto colleges and careers.
Study of Texas Higher Education-Sponsored P-16 Student-Centered Intervention Programs from the Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research at The University of Texas at San Antonio
Sponsored by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Education Agency, this study has two purposes. One is to carefully evaluate P-16 (Preschool through college) student-centered intervention programs designed to increase college and university participation and success among populations typically underrepresented in Texas higher education. The second is to develop recommendations for model programs to be encouraged in Texas.
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State Offices and Projects
Texas State Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) Project (outside source)
The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) project is a six-year federal initiative (outside source) designed to increase early college awareness and readiness in traditionally underrepresented groups. Texas GEAR UP is divided into two major strands: statewide initiatives that help achieve GEAR UP goals across the state and the STAR Project, an intensive, multifaceted P-16 intervention in the Coastal Bend area of South Texas in coordination with the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Pre-College Outreach Center.
Children's Learning Institute (outside source)
The University of Texas Health Science Center's Children's Learning Institute combines data and studies from the fields of psychology, neuro-development, education and child development to provide proven learning solutions derived from, and supported by, documented research.
College for All Texans (outside source)
The College for All Texans website consolidates information spanning a variety of Texas higher education topics, including test preparation, application, enrollment, career options, and financial aid. (Available in English and Spanish)
Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation (TG) (outside source) is a public, nonprofit corporation that administers the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP).
Federal Offices and Projects
United States Department of Education (USDE) (outside source)
The USDE website contains numerous resources related to P-16 education.
National Center for Education Statistics
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences, is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.
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P-16 National Organizations and Projects
Achieve, Inc. and the American Diploma Project (outside source)
Created by the nation's governors and business leaders. Achieve helps states prepare all young people for postsecondary education, work, and citizenship by raising academic standards and achievement in America's schools.
edweek.org Research Center (outside source)
Provides access to research tools, special reports, and resources, including Quality Counts 2006, the NCLB Progress Report, and leadership and salary information.
The Education Trust (outside source)
The Education Trust advances its mission along several fronts, from raising its voice in national and state policy debates to helping teachers improve instruction in their classrooms. Regardless of where it occurs, our work maintains a relentless focus on improving the education of all students, and particularly those students whom the system has traditionally left behind.
Education Commission of the States (ECS) (outside source)
ECS is an interstate compact created in 1965 to improve public education by facilitating the exchange of information, ideas and experiences among state policymakers and education leaders. As a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization involving key leaders from all levels of the education system, ECS creates unique opportunities to build partnerships, share information and promote the development of policy based on available research and strategies.
National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education (outside source)
The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education promotes public policies that enhance Americans' opportunities to pursue and achieve high-quality education and training beyond high school. As an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, the National Center prepares action-oriented analyses of pressing policy issues facing the states and the nation regarding opportunity and achievement in higher education-including two- and four-year, public and private, for-profit and nonprofit institutions.
National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) (outside source)
NCCEP brings together colleges and universities with local K–12 schools, parent groups, businesses, government agencies, foundations, corporations, and community-based organizations to create systemic change in education. NCCEP offers policy and advocacy resources, evaluation information, and information for students, parents, and educators regarding several K-16 programs and initiatives.
National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (outside source)
The NGA Center for Best Practices supports governors in their efforts to improve education by providing technical assistance, policy analysis and reports, and information on best practices.
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) (outside source)
The Southern Regional Education Board is proud to be the nation's first interstate compact for education, founded in 1948. With 16 member states, SREB works to achieve 12 Challenge to Lead Goals for Education in the region.
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) (outside source)
WICHE works with its 15 member states to assure access and excellence in higher education for all citizens of the West.
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