Texas ranks VERY low at 43rd on the Schott Foundation's Opportunity to Learn Index.
Lost Opportunity 50 State Report
Publication Date: Wed, 09/23/2009
In Lost Opportunity: A 50 State Report on the Opportunity to Learn in America, the Schott Foundation for Public Education establishes a metric for determining the opportunity to learn for students. Providing a state-by-state comparison of both academic proficiency (percentage of students scoring at or above proficient on the eighth grade NAEP reading exam) and equity (as measured by the Schott Foundation’s Opportunity to Learn Index, or OTLI), Lost Opportunity identifies the four baseline minimum resources that are necessary for a child – regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status – to have a fair and substantive Opportunity to Learn.
In the United States, every student should have the equal right to a high-quality education. But as our most recent data demonstrates, for far too many students, quality and equity are aspirations, not realities. Few states are providing public school educations that result in academic proficiency for students. And even fewer states are providing access to a high-quality education to all students, particularly those from historically disadvantaged groups.
As we look at school system improvement in the United States, what resources do our systems need to improve? What are the benefits of further investment in our education systems? Lost Opportunity provides a look at the data points that answer those questions, while offering specifics on the action steps necessary to provide a high-quality, high-equity education for all students.