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Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath will provide important information for teachers, administrators, parents, and students involved in Texas public education.
Every school day across our state, young Texans head to a local public school with just one request: Teach me. The request appears basic. The work to carry it out is not.
Over the past week, I have been in ongoing contact with superintendents whose school systems have been hit by one of the most devastating hurricanes to hit our state. Hurricane Harvey brought with it extremely damaging winds, heavy rains and extreme flooding. More than one million students attend the Texas public schools in these counties.
From now through Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, the Texas Education Agency will be accepting public comments regarding the Every Student Succeeds Act consolidated state plan for Texas. A draft of Texas’ state consolidated plan is posted http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/Laws_and_Rules/ESSA/Every_Student_Succeeds_Act/.
Reading will always be the foundation that determines success in the classroom for every child at every grade level. That’s why I am pleased to join Governor Greg Abbott in announcing a new comprehensive reading initiative for our state – Texas Readers.
Parents should be confident that our schools are places of learning and trust for all students. When violations of that trust occur, there should be consequences.
As Commissioner of Education, I know that prekindergarten in Texas matters. It is a critical component of a public education system that prepares future generations for success in life. Studies show that fewer than one in five children reading below grade level in third grade will go on to college.
Great things take place every day in Texas classrooms. And at the center of that success is a great teacher.
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.
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.
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.