Ugly Truth: Texans are Failing at Educating Their Children

Ugly Truth: Texans are Failing at Educating Their Children

[The following statistics were compiled by the office of the Comptroller of Public Accounts. You can see them here.]

In the 50 states Texas ranks:

  • #35 Number of schools identified as needing improvement based on adequate yearly progress, school year 2004 (199)
  • #35 Percentage of 8th-graders scoring at or above proficient in reading in school year 2005 (26 percent)
  • #35 Percentage of 4th-graders scoring at or above proficient in reading in school year 2005 (29 percent)
  • #36 High school graduation rates in school year 2002 (68 percent)
  • #46 Average math SAT scores in school year 2005 (502)
  • #49 Average verbal SAT scores in school year 2005 (493)

In a different study by Central Connecticut University two Texas cities rated lowest for literacy. This study focuses on six key indicators of literacy: newspaper circulation, number of bookstores, library resources, periodical publishing resources, educational attainment, and Internet resources. Corpus Christi and El Paso were the two lowest scoring US cities with over 750,000 people.

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