Policy Documents

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Texas Academic Outcomes

James Golsan –
November 12, 2013

In this public policy perspective, James Golsan writes that in many respects, Texas has a strong public education system. We are starting to see gradual improvements in a number of metrics, including our high school graduation rate and SAT participation. Our dropout rate, a consistent and serious problem for our public schools, also has started to decrease, if only slightly. However, the bigger questions are what we should be paying for and if we are getting the kind of outcomes we should expect for our money. The question that should stem from our underwhelming academic outputs in the face of rising spending is not “Are we spending enough?” but rather “How are we spending the money we have?”