Tribpedia: Robert Scott

Robert Scott is the former Texas Commissioner of Education. As commissioner, Scott was the head of the Texas Education Agency, which oversees the schools for 4.5 million students in K-12 public education in Texas. Scott was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry in October 2007.

Before his appointment, Scott served as acting commissioner twice and served four years as chief ...

Texas Starts to Have Company in Position on Common Core

Former TEA Commissioner Robert Scott speaks at Save our School's rally at Texas Capitol on February 23rd, 2013
Former TEA Commissioner Robert Scott speaks at Save our School's rally at Texas Capitol on February 23rd, 2013

State legislatures are scrambling to renounce Common Core standards as a grassroots movement builds against them. But their most vocal and earliest opponent was Texas. Back in 2009, state leaders said the national curriculum standards could lead to a federal takeover of education policy. 

The Weekly TribCast: Episode 127

Evan, Ross, Reeve and Thanh talk about Rick Santorum's campaign suspension, the plight of failing schools in Texas, and the latest developments in the world of political scorecards.

The Weekly TribCast: Episode 118

On this week's TribCast, Ben, Ross, Emily and Morgan discuss redistricting, public school accountability testing and the controversy involving Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Planned Parenthood.

Texas Commissioner of Education Robert Scott speaks at the TASA midwinter conference in Austin, Texas February 1st, 2011
Texas Commissioner of Education Robert Scott speaks at the TASA midwinter conference in Austin, Texas February 1st, 2011

Texas Schools Chief: Testing Has Gone Too Far

Texas Education Agency Commissioner Robert Scott received a standing ovation today after he told a gathering of public school educators that the state testing system has become a "perversion of its original intent."

Texas Commissioner of Education Robert Scott speaks at the TASA midwinter conference in Austin, Texas February 1st, 2011
Texas Commissioner of Education Robert Scott speaks at the TASA midwinter conference in Austin, Texas February 1st, 2011

Texas Still Undecided on No Child Left Behind Waiver

Despite more details from the Obama administration today about how it would exempt states from complying with the law's signature requirements, the Texas Education Agency has yet to decide whether it will apply for a waiver on federal accountability requirements under the 2001 act.

Sophomore student Miguel Nava works on a science experiment at the San Juan Idea Public Schools Tuesday morning in San Juan, Texas November 23, 2010.
Sophomore student Miguel Nava works on a science experiment at the San Juan Idea Public Schools Tuesday morning in San Juan, Texas November 23, 2010.

Judgment Day

There's a day in July that school districts eye with a mixture of anticipation and dread. This year, it's on the 29th, when the Texas Education Agency will publicly release the accountability ratings for the state's more than 1,000 districts.

Texas Commissioner of Education Robert Scott answers questions at TASA midwinter conference in Austin, Texas February 1st, 2011
Texas Commissioner of Education Robert Scott answers questions at TASA midwinter conference in Austin, Texas February 1st, 2011

Texas Education Agency Faces Competing Demands

Even as it is coping with deep reductions to its own budget, the Texas Education Agency faces criticism from school districts and lawmakers, although not necessarily for the same reasons — vivid evidence of the pressure on the TEA.