Helping Texas Students Achieve Successful Futures
A leading catalyst for progress, Educate Texas, a public-private initiative of Communities Foundation of Texas, is an innovative alliance of public and private groups that share a common goal: improving the public education system so that every Texas student is prepared for success in school, in the workforce, and in life.
Educate Texas has been nationally recognized for tapping into a bold, new brand of teamwork with significantly greater potential to create meaningful change for Texas students. By strategically connecting the diverse stakeholders committed to this cause — from legislators and funders to business and civic groups to school administrators and teachers — Educate Texas is leveraging the power of collaboration, bringing together resources and expertise.
It’s a unique approach. And it’s already generating remarkable results for Texas.
Launched in 2004 as the Texas High School Project (THSP), the program set out to make a positive impact on the futures of low-income students, underserved students, and low-performing schools throughout the Lone Star State. While countless groups had similar objectives, THSP took a fresh approach: establishing a robust network of partners, aligning and integrating the efforts of policymakers, practitioners and philanthropic organizations to reach shared goals more quickly and use funds more efficiently. These connections allowed us to generate scalable, sustainable improvements for Texas education by using private funds to pilot breakthrough programs and then using public funds to replicate the most successful ones. THSP made tremendous progress during its first seven years:
- Opened or redesigned 240+ schools serving more than 140,000 Texas students
- Piloted, supported and scaled 20 Charter Management Organizations (CMOs), 49 Early College High Schools and 59 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Academies across Texas
- Strategically invested initial capital of $35 million to achieve tenfold growth and maximize the Alliance’s statewide impact
Four Key Impact Areas
College-Ready Standards and Practices
Promoting and supporting college-ready standards and practices throughout Texas schools.
Postsecondary Access and Success
Championing policies and programs that increase college access, success and completion for all Texas students.
Human Capital Strategies
Advancing innovative strategies to attract and retain top-quality teachers, principals and superintendents.
Developing concrete action plans that align regional K-12, higher education and workforce needs to achieve common outcomes.
A recent partnership between Lancaster Independent School District (LISD), The Texas Instruments Foundation and Educate Texas could transform the way schools across the country teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Read More about the $4.8 million partnership.
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