Texas Ed: Comments on Education from Texas

November 26, 2006

If they build it, will the legislature care?

Project Will Tell High Schools How Well They’re Preparing Students for College Success:

Texas educators will soon have a place to go for concrete answers to whether their students go on to college and how well they do there.

Great. But then that means that the legislature didn’t have a clue as to high school students were doing once they got to college with or without four years of math and science.

Project Will Tell High Schools How Well They’re Preparing Students for College Success:

Four Texas school districts have agreed to participate in planning the database and testing and critiquing the reports during the nine-month development process. The districts are Plano, Garland, Fort Worth and Houston.

Hmmmm, and apparently if people had been willing to wait for a year or so, they could have made decisions based on real information.

Project Will Tell High Schools How Well They’re Preparing Students for College Success:

The project is made possible in part by an $83,500 grant from the Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation for Education

Well, if it would cost the state the salary of an average high school football coach, there’s no way the legislature would make that kind of investment in education decision making when it’s much easier to say “4 by 4” and be done with the matter. Okay, I’m guessing about the high school coach football salary part but not the investment part.

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