Friends of Texas Public Schools

November 2019

Texas 4th Graders scored in the top 25% in Math according to NAEP Results Nationwide

The U.S. Department of Education’s National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, is given to fourth- and eighth-grade students across the country every other year. Comparisons are then made of the results among states and U.S. territories, as well as among 27 of the country’s largest school districts.

In the NAEP’s math test, fourth-graders in Texas saw significant gains, raising their average scores by 3 points from 2017 scoring “significantly higher” than their peers nationwide on average on math.


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Great things are happening in Texas public schools! Here is just one example:

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Dear Friends,

What an awesome Gala we had in Waco last Wednesday evening. Over 400 people attended as we honored individuals who have made a difference in Texas public schools. To see where Friends has grown from the vision of Leslie and Scott Milder to where it is today, is nothing short of amazing! Thank you to everyone that has helped make Friends one of the outstanding organizations in our state that advocates for the 5.4 million children in Texas public schools.

As the Holiday Season is upon us, all of us at Friends hope that everyone will have a safe and happy season.

Blake W. Cooper

Executive Director

Corporate Partner Spotlight

Founded in 1990 by psychotherapist, and New York Times® best-selling author, Flip Flippen, our research-based Capturing Kids’ Hearts tools and processes combined with expert coaching and training have brought transformation to many of the most respected school districts across the country.

We combine our passion for people with scientific research to build teams and individuals into models of achievement specializing in school safety, social-emotional learning and high performance.

Learn more about what others are saying about Capturing Kids’ Hearts at or

Join the Friends Network

All Texas public school districts (ISD) are invited to enroll in our Network for the 2019-20 School Year. If you were a member previously, we want to invite you back! If you haven’t been a member before, we hope you will consider joining this year.

Become a Friends Corporate Partner

To become a Friends corporate partner, click below to join online. If you have any questions or would like to discuss additional partnership opportunities, please contact Executive Director, Blake Cooper at 903-453-5412 or

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