Fewer than 3 in 10 Texas 8th graders are proficient in reading and 4 in 10 are proficient in math on the National Assessment of Educational Progress exam, i.e., the nation’s “report card.” We have a plan to change that.
Join the 20,000 people who support TER. Click here to sign up for our newsletter, attend an event, and write your state lawmaker.
Educate yourself on TER’s solutions to improve our schools.
The Obama administration proposed new rules Tuesday for teacher training programs that would tie federal aid to metrics—including how well their...
PROTESTS are flaring up in pockets of the country against the proliferation of standardized tests. For many parents and teachers, school has...
A decade ago, the debate about Washington D.C.’s public schools turned on school vouchers. How many students in the city’s beleaguered schools...
A state district judge recently ruled that the way Texas funds its schools is “inadequate.” While school districts, teacher organizations and others who directly benefit from proposed funding increases cheered the decision, the rest of us are left to determine what is “adequate.”
For me, growing up in inner-city Dallas, the chance to attend a small magnet high school truly changed my life. I grew up in a low-income community to a single mother who worked two jobs at times to provide for me and my sister. Our house was directly across the street from our neighborhood high school in Southeast Dallas. Yet unfortunately like most comprehensive high schools in the Dallas Independent School District, my neighborhood school drastically underserved kids relative to the state’s average in almost every academic measure. So for fear of the limitations to my prospects of college, career, and life my mother refused to allow me to attend my local high school.
Texans for Education Reform (TER) is a bipartisan, non-profit organization of educational, business and civic leaders who are committed to our children. We no longer accept the status quo of mediocre and failing schools and statistics like those reported in a 2014 Harvard study which showed that 73.5% of Texas 8th grade students are not proficient in reading and 60% are not proficient in math. TER is working to ensure that all Texas children have access to high quality public schools that will prepare them to think critically in order to succeed in their career and life.