Public School Week
Fun Facts about Texas Public Schools
History of Texas Public School Week
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
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