NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Texas students overall just aren’t “getting it” in the classroom, according to a new study that challenges the state’s policy on student achievement.

The Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis at the University of Texas has released a report that finds minority student performance continues to lag, this despite achievement gains.

“We often talk about the tests and the accountability, but when you compare us across a broad spectrum of educational measures with comparable states, our peer popular states and with the nation, we’re not doing so hot,” said Associate Professor Julian Vasquez Heilig, who authored the report.

Heilig said another problem is that the once ever-important TAKS test and now State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness, or STAAR test don’t reflect the educational disparity. “Do we need to rethink how we measure success more broadly than just the single high-stakes test…exam that the state controls year to year?” he asked.

Part of the problem may be a lack of funding since Helig says education funding in Texas is much lower that almost every other state in the nation.

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