Commissioner Blog

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


  • The “A” rating reflects strong work and performance in Texas schools

    On Aug. 15, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released accountability ratings for school districts and district charters. Multi-campus districts received an accountability rating using the new A–F scale. On that day, I commended the work taking place in high-performing school districts statewide.

    What to know about the 2018 A-F ratings

    On Aug. 15, the Texas Education Agency released academic accountability ratings for districts, charters and campuses across the state. And for the first time, ratings for school districts and district charters are on an A-F scale.

    A-F Accountability: What Parents Should Know

    On Aug. 15, the TEA will issue report cards for our schools. We do this for two main reasons. First, parents should know how well our schools are performing so they can better support their children. Second, educators benefit from having clear information about school performance, highlighting successes and challenges, to help improve support for students over time.

    Strong STAAR Performance Means Student Success

    Texas students traditionally perform well on STAAR – this year is no exception. Most students successfully met grade level or achieved higher level performance on all five STAAR end-of-course assessments. The same can be said for students in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 taking STAAR math and reading.

    Governor’s School Safety Plan designed to strengthen public school security

    Governor Greg Abbott recently released his comprehensive School and Firearm Safety Action Plan designed to strengthen security on public school campuses across our state.

    Grow Your Own grant will help increase the quality and diversity of our teaching force

    Since becoming Commissioner, I have worked with staff at the Texas Education Agency to establish four strategic priorities to guide and focus our work on behalf of the more than five million school children in our State. One of those priorities is doing all we can to recruit, support and retain teachers and principals.

    Recognizing the Month of the Military Child

    In recognizing the courage of military families, Governor Greg Abbott proclaimed April as the Month of the Military Child. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is proud to join Gov. Abbott and the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) in spotlighting April as the Month of the Military Child.

    Our schools must always be a safe place for learning

    Following the recent tragedy in Parkland, Florida, there has been a renewed commitment to safety precautions for students, teachers, administrators and staff on all our campuses. Governor Greg Abbott has ordered immediate action on a number of fronts to be taken by state education leaders – including myself and staff at the Texas Education Agency – to help respond to and prevent such tragedies occurring in our state.

    FFA Continues to Play an Integral Role in Texas Public Education

    The organization (once known as the “Future Farmers of America” and now simply FFA) continues to play an integral role in Texas public education. The projects and work tackled by FFA students help prepare them for life after high school, and not just in agricultural settings. FFA students represent the leaders of tomorrow for their communities and our state.

    Revised ESSA Plan Submitted Pending Final Accountability Decisions

    On Jan. 8, 2018, the Texas Education Agency submitted to the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) a revised version of our state’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) consolidated plan. A revised version was necessary following initial feedback we received from USDE just before the holidays. That feedback requested specific clarifications to our plan to ensure the state is complying with the new federal statute.