Texas: Working in Education in Texas

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U.S. News & World Report looked at more than 21,000 public high schools in 48 states and the District of Columbia for its America's Best High Schools rankings. The survey ranked four schools in Texas among the top 25 best-performing schools:

  • School for the Talented and Gifted at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center, Dallas
  • School of Science and Engineering Magnet, Dallas
  • IDEA Academy and College Preparatory, Donna
  • KIPP Houston High School, Houston

Teacher's Aides in Texas

Texas is one of only ten states that have policies that require certification for paraprofessionals with instructional duties. A Texas program exempts certified educational aides from tuition and fees when they earn their teacher certification at public colleges and universities in the state.

Paraprofessionals in Texas have access to a number of resources designed to support them and provide professional development.

Technology Education

The Texas Virtual School (TxVSN) is a web-based learning initiative designed to meet the needs of Texas public school students and educators. Its mission is to provide extended and flexible learning opportunities for public and non-public secondary students and educators through web-based programs.

The Texas Virtual School Network started offering online courses to students in Texas districts and open enrollment charter schools in January 2009. Each high school course is taught by an instructor who is Texas-certified in the subject area and grade level and has completed professional development in effective online instruction. All courses align with the Texas Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) as well as the National Standards of Quality for Online Courses. The courses are meant to supplement rather than substitute for classroom learning; TxVSN does not award diplomas.

The Center for Digital Education (CDE) ranked Texas 41st among the states for its policies that support online education. Through another program, the Best of Web and Digital Education Achievement Awards, CDE recognized the Texas Independent School District in Irving in the K-12 district website category.

Project Share is a new online learning collaboration to improve online learning and education in Texas by expanding online professional development options.

Curriculum and Instruction

Texas is one of a handful of states that are questioning the risk of making the Common Core Standards mandatory for all public schools nationwide. Concerns center the intrusion of federal standards on the state's curriculum, which may be more rigorous than mandated standards.

Recognizing that curriculum and instructional materials are integral parts of a public school system, the State Board of Education periodically updates the state's curriculum standards. Textbooks and other instructional materials are then written based on the updated standards, with more than 48 million textbooks distributed to Texas public school students each year.

Education Managers

The principal of Garner Middle School in San Antonio received the Terrel H. Bell award for Outstanding School Leadership at the 2008 Blue Ribbon Schools Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. The award honors exceptional school leaders for their commitment to fostering successful teaching and learning at their schools.

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