State Curriculum Standards
Earn ‘A’ in National Report
A national report released earlier this year confirms that Texas
does a superior job in crafting its own curriculum standards, which
were created with input from thousands of Texans.
Education Week released in January its annual “Quality Counts”
report, which this year focuses on the national standards debate
and examines the quality of work states have done independently
preparing their own standards.
Texas earned a grade of “A” on standards, assessment, and
accountability, and ranked sixth in the country. The state earned a
grade of 100 for both its standards and school accountability
systems—and received a score of 86.7 for its student tests.
The report noted that 11 states said they had used the Texas
standards when crafting their own standards.
“The ‘Quality Counts’ report verifies what Texas leaders have
been saying. Our standards are strong. They are models for other
states,” said Texas Commissioner of Education Robert Scott. “The
Texas standards were crafted after receiving input from thousands
of citizens, while the national standards are being written without
input from local educators, school boards, or parents.”
Texas also ranked sixth and earned a grade of “B” for a category
called transitions and alignments, which examines early childhood
education, college readiness, and economy and workforce.
The full “Quality Counts” report is available at www.edweek.
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