Level of instruction

08/28/2014 4:24 PM

08/28/2014 4:25 PM

During my recent testimony to the Senate Education Committee, I told committee members that the “level of instruction” was a factor in our low test scores.

While some have simplistically interpreted that to mean teachers, level of instruction is comprised of many components including the teacher preparation in our colleges and universities, the quality of professional development opportunities afforded our educators, the level of support provided at the campus and district level, and parental involvement.

As I have said many times, there is no more important component to strong public education than the teacher standing at the front of every classroom.

And as the son of two longtime public educators in Texas public schools, I certainly appreciate the hard work of all our teachers who commit to helping every student in their classrooms every day.

— Michael Williams,

Commissioner of Education

Texas Education Agency

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