Commissioner Blog

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


  • 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.

    We Appreciate the Hard Work of Our Texas School Trustees

    As we begin a new year, we recognize the month of January as School Board Recognition Month as declared by Governor Greg Abbott. As a former board member, I know the vital role board members face in giving our kids the best education possible.

    Let's Celebrate Our Recipients of the Oscars of Teaching

    I recently had the pleasure of taking part in a national ceremony that celebrates the great work of some of our Texas educators.The Milken Educator Award is often referred to as the “Oscars of Teaching” – and for good reason.

    Teachers: The Most Important Part of 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.

    TEA Provides Support as Texas Schools Recover from Hurricane Harvey

    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.

    Now Accepting Comments on ESSA State Plan

    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

    A new comprehensive reading initiative:Texas Readers

    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.

    SB 7 provides additional tools to combat educator misconduct

    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.

    High-Quality Pre-K in Texas Matters

    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.