The Teacher's Desk

Jacquie's Gold Stars

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Each month I honor an individual, team, program, school, or piece of legislation that is helping to promote a quality education for kids. I welcome your nomination for this honor, and I will consider thoughtfully any name(s) you recommend. You can use the "Contact " link to make a nomination. Please explain why you think your nominee should be honored, and let me know how I can contact you for verification. And if you're one of a group that has gone the extra mile, tell me about it. It doesn't hurt to blow your own horn once in awhile. And besides, nobody will ever accuse you of bragging because I don't ever reveal the nominator's name.


December's Gold Star goes to...


Top of the Heap in Graduation Percentage

No, this is not a misprint. When I read "Stop Doubting Texas Graduation Numbers" by Michael Marder in the Oct. 14, 2014 issue of Education News, I thought 'No way.' But...I checked Marder's statistics, and by gum — he's right. Texas really does have a reason to brag this time. And here's why.

For Texas' class of 2012, graduation rates were:

Although Texas has been known to inflate academic accomplishments and disguise failures in the past, they are obviously doing something right now. The current statistics on Texas' high school graduation standing are available for all to see, and they are indeed laudable. Here's a Texas size star for their 10-gallon hats. They deserve it.

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