Education Commissioner Michael Williams
The Texas Education Agency says 90 percent of districts and 85 percent of schools statewide meet the state’s minimum education standards, and many earned distinctions.
The U.S. Education Department on Monday excused Texas from the most strenuous requirements of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law, granting the state a reprieve from some of the standardized testing-based accountability standards it helped pioneer.
The state’s top education official says he will direct Texas to rate schools and school districts based on letter grades A through F starting next year.
State officials are directing Texas school districts to review their emergency operation plans in the wake of the school massacre in Connecticut.