Profile on Texas Education and Schools

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Every state adheres to a different set of rules and regulations regarding education. State governments seemingly take varying approaches on almost every education and school related piece of legislation. Hot issues such as standardized testing, charter schools, teacher certification, and school vouchers are handled differently in each state. This profile focuses on education and schools in Texas.

District/School Information

Texas Commissioner of Education: Mike Morath

Length of School Year: A minimum of 180 days is required by Texas state law.

Number of Public School Districts: There are 1,031 public school districts in Texas.

Number of Public Schools: There are 9,317 public schools in Texas.****

Number of Students Served in Public Schools: There are 5,000,470 public school students in Texas.****

Number of Teachers in Public Schools: There are 324,282 public school teachers in Texas.****

Number of Charter Schools: There are 618 charter schools in Texas.

Per Pupil Spending: Texas spends $8,837 per pupil in public education. ****

Average Class Size: The average class size In Texas is 15.4 students per 1 teacher.****

Percentage of Title I Schools: 79.7% of schools in Texas are Title I Schools.****

Percentage With Individualized Education Programs (IEP): 8.7% of students in Texas are on IEP's.****

Percentage in Limited-English Proficiency Programs: 14.9% of students in Texas are in limited-English Proficient Programs.****

Percentage of Student Eligible for Free/Reduced Lunches: 51.0% of students in Texas schools are eligible for free/reduced lunches.****

Ethnic/Racial Student Breakdown:****

White: 30.5%

Black: 12.8%

Hispanic: 50.8%

Asian: 3.5%

Pacific Islander: 0.1%

American Indian/Alaskan Native: 0.4%

School Assessment Data

Graduation Rate: 78.9% of all students entering high school in Texas graduate.**

Average ACT/SAT score:

Average ACT Composite Score: 20.9***

Average Combined SAT Score: 1432*****

8th grade NAEP assessment scores:****

Math: 284 is the scaled score for 8th grade students in Texas. The U.S. average was 281.

Reading: 261 is the scaled score for 8th grade students in Texas. The U.S. average was 264.

Percentage of Students Who Attend College After High School: 56.2% of students in Texas go on to attend some level of college.***

Private Schools

Number of Private Schools: There are 1,297 private schools in Texas.*

Number of Students Served in Private Schools: There are 246,030 private school students in Texas.*


Number of Students Served Through Homeschooling: There are an estimated 146,309 students that were homeschooled in Texas in 2015.#

Teacher Pay

The average teacher pay for the state of Texas was $48,110 in 2013.##

The state of Texas has a teacher’s minimum salary schedule. However, some districts may negotiate salaries with their teachers.


*Data courtesy of Education Bug

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***Data courtesy of ACT

******Data courtesy of The Commonwealth Foundation

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##Average salary courtesy of National Center of Education Statistics

###Disclaimer: The information provided on this page changes frequently. It will be updated regularly as new information and data becomes available.