Public School Week

Fun Facts about Texas Public Schools

Monday, March 3rd, 7am to Friday, March 7th, 12:45pm

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History of Texas Public School Week

The Masonic Lodges of Texas established Texas Public Schools Week in 1954 to recognize the contributions made by the state’s free system of education. The Texas School Public Relations Association has promoted this annual week-long celebration for more than 20 years. Each year, the event has grown and it continues to be a meaningful way to showcase the many educational opportunities given to the millions of students who attend Texas public schools.

Public School Facts

The U.S. public education system consists of almost 14,000 local school districts and almost 99,000 schools.

There are 1,035 school districts in Texas with 294,258 teachers.

Nine out of ten students in the U.S. are educated in public schools.

More than half of all public school teachers have advanced degrees, and more than half have at least ten years of teaching experience.

The Cost of Public School

Annually, about $30 billion is spent on public schools in Texas, with about $12 billion coming from the state, $1 billion from the federal government and $17 billion from local taxes.

Texas lottery funds are earmarked for public education. Those funds flow into the state’s General Fund, and then go to Texas school districts. In recent years, public education got about $900,000 from the lottery, a little less than 2% of the funding for Texas public schools.

Only 3 pennies of every education dollar are spent on central administration, including administrator salaries. On the flipside, 61 pennies are allocated to teacher pay, curriculum, instructional materials, and classroom aides. Only 3 pennies of the dollar are allocated to ALL extracurricular activities, and that includes football.

Graduation and State Assessment

Out of 316,758 students in the Class of 2012 Grade 9 cohort, 87.7 percent graduated.

Ninety-nine percent of the students passed the exit-level social studies test in 2011, up from 78% in 2003. Ninety-five percent passed the exit-level English Language Arts test in 2011, compared to 61% in 2003. Math passing rates more than doubled during this time period, rising from 44% in 2003 to 90% in 2011. Similar improvement was seen on the exit-level science exam where rates rose from 47% to 91%.

Public School Week Events

  • Monday 3/24 - NHS Inductions AHS Auditorium 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Monday 3/7 - Foreign Language Academic Testing
  • Tuesday 3/4 - Math Academic Testing
  • Wednesday 3/5 - English Academic Testing
  • Thursday 3/6 - 8th Grade Parent Night AHS Auditorium 6-7 p.m.
  • Thursday 3/6 - Science Academic Testing
  • Friday 3/7 - Social Studies Academic Testing