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Texas Kids Are Not Meeting Education Standards

In recent years, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has released alarming data regarding the academic performance of students in government-run schools. The most recent report reveals that a significant majority of students in Texas fail to meet grade-level standards on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) tests, prompting concerns from parents and policymakers alike.

Underperforming Students:

According to the latest TEA report, more than half of all students in Texas government schools fall below grade level standards. The statewide statistics indicate that just 49 percent of students met or exceeded grade level across all grades and subjects during the 2022-23 school year. These findings are not only disappointing but also raise serious questions about the efficacy of the current public education system.

A Central Texas mom, interviewed by Texas Scorecard, echoing the sentiments of many concerned parents, described the data as "disappointing and very concerning." With such a large portion of students failing to meet grade level expectations, it's evident that changes are needed to address the educational crisis in the Lone Star State.

STAAR Test Controversy:

One proposed solution to the ongoing education crisis was Texas Governor Greg Abbott's initiative to phase out the controversial STAAR test. The test, intended to assess academic achievement, has faced criticism for its impact on both students and teachers. It creates a high-stakes environment that focuses more on test preparation than genuine learning.

Governor Abbott's attempt to reform the education system faced obstacles as lawmakers failed to pass the proposed legislation. The reform package included a crucial component—an education savings account program. Despite the potential benefits of phasing out the STAAR test, the inclusion of the savings account program became a point of contention, leading to the legislation's failure.

A Need for Reform:

The stagnation in academic performance, coupled with the failure to implement meaningful reforms, highlights the urgency for change in Texas public schools. The system is failing to provide students with the quality education they deserve, hindering their future prospects.

While some may resist change, it's essential to explore alternative approaches to education that empower parents and students. It’s time that Texas takes on a school-choice ESA program to give families the choice to put their children into the best possible situation. 


The current state of education in Texas demands attention and action. With a majority of students performing below grade level, the need for reform is evident. While the controversial STAAR test has its share of critics, it is essential to consider alternative solutions that prioritize 

student success without compromising essential educational components. It is time to embrace a conservative approach that values choice, accountability, and the pursuit of excellence in education for the future generations of Texas.


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