The future of Texas will be determined by how successful we are today in providing the next generation of Texans with the opportunity to receive a quality education. In a rapidly changing world and truly global economy, access to fair and forward thinking public schools is essential. But we cannot stop there. It is our responsibility to foster the finest higher education institutions this country has to offer and also to develop innovative vocational and technical platforms for 21st century careers and industries, many of which have yet to be created.
Here’s how we’re improving our students’ opportunities for success:
- Reduced the number of high school standardized tests from fifteen to five – including English I, English II, Algebra I, Biology, and U.S. history.
- Revised the high school foundation curriculum credits to include: 3 science, 3 social studies, 3 math, 2 foreign language, 1 fine arts, 1 physical education, and 5 elective credits to graduate.
- Created college and career readiness pathways through an “endorsement” system which allows high school students to specialize in science and technology, business and industry, and the humanities.
- Maintaining a strong system of accountability so parents can gauge just how effectively schools are delivering the first-rate education their students deserve.