A day after Gov. Rick Perry turned down millions in federal grants tied to adopting national curriculum standards, and as the State Board of Education today sorts through bitter controversies over state social studies curriculum, a leading national education journal has given the state an "A" for its standards and accountability system, and a "B" for a related category, "transitions and alignment."
The grades were handed out by Education Week, the nation's leading education trade journal, and were trumpeted this morning in a news release from the Texas Education Agency.
What the release didn't mention, however, was that the state earned only mediocre marks, ranging from D+ to C+, on the rest of the measures in the journal's annual "Quality Counts" report, a mix of journalism and education research.
The state's A and B grades both ranked 6th in the nation in the report. The grades and ranks for rest of the Texas report card broke down like so:
students' "chance for success": C (39)
K-12 achievement: C (13)
teaching profession: C (24)
school finance: D+ (42)
overall: C+ (14)