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Texas graduation rates top the charts
Texas Education Agency ^

Posted on 11/30/2012 6:54:53 AM PST by ctpsb

AUSTIN – Texas tied for the third highest high school graduation rate in the country for all students.....


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: education; texas
Of course this won't be found at the MSM very easily since it goes against the "Conservatives, Southerners, Texans are uneducated rednecks" theme.
1 posted on 11/30/2012 6:54:59 AM PST by ctpsb
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To: ctpsb

Texans are not Rednecks. They are cowboys.

Now we South Carolinians on the other hand, wear the name Redneck proudly.


2 posted on 11/30/2012 6:58:54 AM PST by Gamecock
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To: Gamecock

•Number 1 with Asian students with a graduation rate of 95 percent.
•Number 1 for white students with a graduation rate of 92 percent.
•Number 1 by tying with Montana with a graduation rate of 81 percent for African-American students.
•Has the third highest graduation rate for all students, tying with Tennessee, New Hampshire, Indiana, Nebraska and North Dakota with a rate of 86 percent. Iowa, Vermont and Wisconsin exceed Texas by one to two percentage points.
•Number 2 for Hispanic students with a graduation rate of 82 percent, behind only Maine.
•Number 2 for children with disabilities who graduate at a rate of 77 percent. Only South Dakota had a higher rate.
•In a tie for second place with Missouri for multi-racial students who have a graduation rate of 92 percent, with only Delaware students graduating at a higher rate.
•In a tie for second place with New Jersey with an American-Indian graduate rate of 87 percent. Only Tennessee has a higher rate.
•Number 2 for economically-disadvantaged students who graduate at a rate of 84 percent, behind only South Dakota.
•Number 26 for limited English proficient students who have a graduation rate of 58 percent. Those who become proficient in English are removed from the limited English proficient category.


3 posted on 11/30/2012 7:04:37 AM PST by Portcall24
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To: Gamecock

Thank you for clearing that up.


4 posted on 11/30/2012 7:05:48 AM PST by stanne
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To: Gamecock
I speak redneck fluently. ;)

/johnny

5 posted on 11/30/2012 7:15:10 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: ctpsb

As a Texan I can say beware the numbers from TEA. It is all about revenue. High graduation rates mean more fed money. The public schools here are not allowed to fail anyone with few exceptions. No grade below a 50. If you do not turn in work you can turn it in late for a 70. There is no content mastery being taught. The number of students repeating a grade in Texas is basically non-existent anymore.

We have some very bright students here, but we also have many that are there only to compliment their facebook status or get the free breakfast and lunch or play sports (this could be a whole separate conversation).

I hate to bring this up because many libs and blue states use it as ammo to say Texas takes more from the feds than we get back. As a border state we have a major problem with kids in our schools who do not speak English so they get to go through the ESL (English as a Second Language) program and are never forced to learn English. Every school just as our illustrious state government has to print every form in Spanish as well and give tests in Spanish (and not Spanish class). It sickens me.

You still see high achievers in some of the suburban schools and magnet/charter schools. I can say many Texans are fleeing the public school system (we are in that group). There are private schools popping up all over the state. Homeschooling is on the rise as well.


6 posted on 11/30/2012 7:18:12 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: Gamecock

“redneck” = someone who works outside for a living.

Wear it proudly.


7 posted on 11/30/2012 7:18:23 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: ctpsb

This is partly the result of Ross Perot’s “No Pass, No Play” initiative which began back in the 80’s. It established universal standardized tests for students and merit based pay for teachers. The teachers howled bloody murder about it back then. I was working for the University of Houston and the teachers had several large confabs there right around that time. To hear them talk you would have thought Ross Perot was the reincarnation of Adolph Hitler. This was only a few years after his big company employee rescue from Tehran and he was still a major hero to most people.


8 posted on 11/30/2012 7:21:04 AM PST by SeeSharp
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To: Resolute Conservative

Spot on assessment. All these glowing reports about Texas public schools need to be taken with a huge grain of salt. Federal dollars through standardized tests are driving the outcome to such an extent that the glowing results becomes a self fulfilling prophesy.


9 posted on 11/30/2012 7:25:05 AM PST by TADSLOS (No need to watch the movie "Idiocracy". We're living it.)
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To: Resolute Conservative
As I watched and coached my four through the Texas public education system in the 1990s, the contrast with my own Texas public education in the 1960s was stark. I could not believe the indoctrination, claptrap, and incompetent, near-felonious performance of teachers in the classroom, from kindergarden through high school. And, our school district was "voted" one of the best in the state somewhere in the middle of this.

My youngest is now near to graduating from college, and she can recognize how pathetic her high school prepared her for university study.

Getting kids out the door with a diploma is no biggie. Any state can do it if it's willing to degrade the product to a level where any nincompoop can pass the state graduaqtion exam.

We often considered homeschooling. Indeed, we did so with each child for the sixth grade only. That along with continual monitoring and frequent counter-teaching allowed our children to escape. Today, I cannot imagine how bad things are.

10 posted on 11/30/2012 7:33:52 AM PST by Brandybux (Oportet ministros manus lavare antequam latrinam relinquent.)
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To: Resolute Conservative

Good and very accurate information on our school situation down here. Public schools, especially in our part of Texas, are generally horrible, except for high schools like Bellaire which has a significant Asian population and high academic scores. My grandson also goes to private school. He ran cross country this fall and we literally had meets at other private schools all across this part of Texas. Didn’t realize there were so many. Some are huge and others growing rapidly. Grandson’s school is only grades pre-k to 8 but they have thousands on the waiting list. Most of my neighbors homeschool.


11 posted on 11/30/2012 7:40:15 AM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Portcall24
•Number 1 by tying with Montana with a graduation rate of 81 percent for African-American students.

Yeah, but to be fair, we (MT) only have about four black folks in the whole state... So you can prolly claim that one for yourself, I guess...

12 posted on 11/30/2012 7:47:50 AM PST by roamer_1 (Globalism is just socialism in a business suit.)
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To: Gamecock

Sorry to burst your redneck bubble, but Texas has more rednecks, and damn proudly, than the beautiful State of South Carolina. On the other hand SC has more bluegums for sure.


13 posted on 11/30/2012 7:49:28 AM PST by X-spurt (It is time for OFF YOUR FEET and on the gravy-train)
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To: Brandybux

I homeschooled my son from 7th grade through high school. I totally agree with your assessment - public school is not being taught like it was when we were kids. I have a friend who moved to the Houston area (a nice suburb of) and was stunned to learn her daughter, who had been given straight A’s in a smaller school district in another part of Texas, was failing in this new school district. It wasn’t the move, it was the level of work expected. she went from an area with a larger “disadvantaged” population to one that was not. Schools teach to the lowest level.


14 posted on 11/30/2012 7:50:19 AM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (The DNC loves abortion so much they will now be called the D&C)
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To: ctpsb
"Conservatives, Southerners, Texans are uneducated rednecks"

And btw, you forget the West and the Midwest in that definition. Basically all the fly-over states are the Redneck Nation. Spread the love around, son... We are just as uneducated as y'all are.

15 posted on 11/30/2012 7:56:32 AM PST by roamer_1 (Globalism is just socialism in a business suit.)
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16 posted on 11/30/2012 7:57:58 AM PST by RedMDer (Please support Toys for Tots this CHRISTmas season.)
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To: JRandomFreeper
I speak redneck fluently. ;)

And even if you don't, there's always Google Translator. ;-)

17 posted on 11/30/2012 8:01:19 AM PST by uglybiker (nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-BATMAN!)
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To: JRandomFreeper
I speak redneck fluently. ;)

And even if you don't, there's always Google Translator. ;-)

18 posted on 11/30/2012 8:01:27 AM PST by uglybiker (nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-BATMAN!)
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To: MrB

Yes, I’m sick of seeing redneck used as a derogatory term. It’s become the n word for white people. Those rednecks are the ones who grow the food the world eats.


19 posted on 11/30/2012 8:01:41 AM PST by pepperdog ( I still get a thrill up my leg when spell check doesn't recognize the name/word Obama!)
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To: Resolute Conservative
Every school just as our illustrious state government has to print every form in Spanish as well and give tests in Spanish (and not Spanish class).

Our neighbor is a teacher in the local high school and she despises that part. She is not a member of the teachers' union and would not vote for any dem - ever.

There are also several middle and high schools in Austin that have daycare centers in the school for single moms. That is part of "Keep Austin weird".

20 posted on 11/30/2012 8:08:31 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (0 bummer inherited a worse economy in 2012 than he did in 2008.)
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To: Gamecock

Well I’m a Jewish redneck who splits own wood, fishes, wears camo,votes “R” down the ballot and reads Lev Tolstoy.

Almost done converting my whole clan to redneck ways.


21 posted on 11/30/2012 8:12:54 AM PST by trotskylvalia (where nose meets the grindstone)
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To: ctpsb
The UT football team still can't beat the University of Oklahoma.
22 posted on 11/30/2012 8:15:27 AM PST by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: trotskylvalia
Have them watch Duck Dynasty. They will no doubt proudly embrace the title of redneck.
23 posted on 11/30/2012 8:34:45 AM PST by Gamecock
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To: ctpsb

Very interesting reading all of the comments. Not quite what I had expected but after reading them gave me a new perspective.

I guess my overall point was that I always hear Texans are near the bottom of education implying we’re only conservative due to being uneducated and I would think the Dept of Ed under the Obama admin would have more incentive than usual to continue that propaganda.

So the fact that even this Dept said otherwise might’ve helped to refute that talking point even a bit. But still I do take all points made on these comments.


24 posted on 11/30/2012 8:35:36 AM PST by ctpsb (Thanks.)
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To: ctpsb

Also I mention the term redneck only because leftists try to use it as a term of a derision (though it’s not because for the various points made on these comments).


25 posted on 11/30/2012 8:41:18 AM PST by ctpsb (Thanks.)
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To: Gamecock

Cowboys are rednecks with ranch skillz.


26 posted on 11/30/2012 8:56:21 AM PST by Tex-Con-Man (<-------currently working through post-election anger issues.)
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To: ctpsb

There is some sort of disconnect going on in Texas education. They may have a great graduation rate, but they rank very near the bottom on SAT and ACT scores.

I can’t find the participation rates for Texan SAT and/or ACT takers, though. So, at best, Texas has a very high participation rate, with the poor performers dragging the average score down. At worst, Texas has lax graduation standards, which explain the terrible college entrance average scores.

I have personally met adults who are functionally illiterate even though they have a high school diploma. They were schooled in Chicago.


27 posted on 11/30/2012 9:17:47 AM PST by Brent Calvert 03969-030
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God bless Texas. If y’all would secede, I would apply for citizenship.


28 posted on 11/30/2012 10:23:59 AM PST by backwoods-engineer ("Remember: Evil exists because good men don't kill the gov officials committing it." -- K. Hoffmann)
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To: Brent Calvert 03969-030
There is some sort of disconnect going on in Texas education. They may have a great graduation rate, but they rank very near the bottom on SAT and ACT scores.

The high graduation rate is a red herring. The real problem with the Texas education system is that it has too many Hispanics. And I say that in an ironic way to mean that Texas's standardized test scores are dragged down by the roughly half of the student population that is Hispanic. By ethnic group, Texas has decent test scores. TX's whites, Hispanics, blacks and Asians do better than CA's and NY's equivalents. The problem is that TX's Hispanic + black population is greater than CA's and NY's. Ultimately, we are constrained by our God-given abilities, and God seems to have, on average, given more smarts to Asians and whites in the area of test-taking than blacks and Hispanics. And that has affected TX's test score stats.

29 posted on 12/10/2012 9:36:37 AM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Brent Calvert 03969-030
Here's an example from the TEA website:

Grade 8 – Scale Score
Score Range 0-300

Student Group

National Public

Texas

State Rank

All Students

151

153

29th

White

163

167

8th

African American

128

137

4th

Hispanic

136

146

6th

Asian

159

172

na

ELL  ( English Language Learners)

106

118

na

SD ( Students with Disabilities)

124

121

na

   

Bolded numbers = statistically significantly higher than national public

The "all students" rank is in the bottom half because TX has a lot of Hispanics and blacks in its schools. But TX's Hispanics and blacks are in the top 10 (out of 50 states) nationwide. Political correctness obscures a lot of truths, and this is one of the truths that peeks out at the energetic researcher if he cares enough to look for it.

30 posted on 12/10/2012 9:50:53 AM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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