Texas school quality in the last few decades?
March 30, 2010 9:37 AM   Subscribe

In a general sense, when did Texas public schools last perform in the top half of the 50 states?

I'm looking for actual figures, if possible. Have they been rated better than most other states' schools in the past 50 years?
posted by Dee Xtrovert to Education (8 answers total)
Intra-state education rankings are very recent thing. I don't think you're going to find too much reliable data that predates NCLB.
posted by pantarei70 at 9:54 AM on March 30, 2010

Inter-state, rather.
posted by pantarei70 at 9:55 AM on March 30, 2010

There is also the National Assessment of Educational Progress, which dates to 1970 and has state-level data, but they only seem to have data back to 1991 online. Prior to that you would need to track down the paper reports.
posted by smackfu at 10:03 AM on March 30, 2010

posted by xammerboy at 10:03 AM on March 30, 2010

Also, it seems like Texas generally ranks above the national average on the NAEP. State Profiles. So the answer may be "now".

There are other states that consistently rank below average, if you are really looking for a "perennial loser".
posted by smackfu at 10:15 AM on March 30, 2010

Googling found me this, which shows 4 Texas schools in the top 25 public high schools.

This result shows similar placement.
posted by kenbennedy at 12:04 PM on March 30, 2010

It's worth noting that the quality of schools within Texas varies widely from one school district to another, and sometimes within a single district as well. Houston ISD has some of the best and also some of the worst. Some parts of the City of Houston are in other school districts and have better or worse schools.
posted by Robert Angelo at 1:33 PM on March 30, 2010

What grade level do you want data from?

Smackfu's info applies t 4th grade, but not 8th grade, where Texas is below average in both math and reading on the NAEP.

I have no data to back this up, but as a Texan, I highly doubt that Texas has ever ranked in the top 25 states for education when you average out the grade-level results, based on any kind of national standards. There are obviously some good public schools in Texas, but far more mediocre or bad ones.
posted by ishotjr at 3:07 PM on March 30, 2010

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