TITLE 2. PUBLIC EDUCATION
SUBTITLE A. GENERAL PROVISIONS
CHAPTER 4. PUBLIC EDUCATION MISSION, OBJECTIVES, AND GOALS
Sec. 4.001. PUBLIC EDUCATION MISSION AND OBJECTIVES. (a) The mission of the public education system of this state is to ensure that all Texas children have access to a quality education that enables them to achieve their potential and fully participate now and in the future in the social, economic, and educational opportunities of our state and nation. That mission is grounded on the conviction that a general diffusion of knowledge is essential for the welfare of this state and for the preservation of the liberties and rights of citizens. It is further grounded on the conviction that a successful public education system is directly related to a strong, dedicated, and supportive family and that parental involvement in the school is essential for the maximum educational achievement of a child.
(b) The objectives of public education are:
OBJECTIVE 1: Parents will be full partners with educators in the education of their children.
OBJECTIVE 2: Students will be encouraged and challenged to meet their full educational potential.
OBJECTIVE 3: Through enhanced dropout prevention efforts, all students will remain in school until they obtain a high school diploma.
OBJECTIVE 4: A well-balanced and appropriate curriculum will be provided to all students. Through that curriculum, students will be prepared to succeed in a variety of postsecondary activities, including employment and enrollment in institutions of higher education.
OBJECTIVE 5: Educators shall cultivate in students an informed American patriotism and lead students in a close study of the founding documents of the United States and Texas. The purpose of this objective is to:
(1) increase students' knowledge of the deepest and noblest purposes of the United States and Texas;
(2) enhance students' intellectual independence so that students may become thoughtful, informed citizens who have an appreciation for the fundamental democratic principles of our state and national heritage; and
(3) guide students toward understanding and productively functioning in a free enterprise society.
OBJECTIVE 6: Qualified and highly effective personnel will be recruited, developed, and retained.
OBJECTIVE 7: The state's students will demonstrate exemplary performance in comparison to national and international standards.
OBJECTIVE 8: School campuses will maintain a safe and disciplined environment conducive to student learning.
OBJECTIVE 9: Educators will keep abreast of the development of creative and innovative techniques in instruction and administration using those techniques as appropriate to improve student learning.
OBJECTIVE 10: Technology will be implemented and used to increase the effectiveness of student learning, instructional management, staff development, and administration.
OBJECTIVE 11: The State Board of Education, the agency, and the commissioner shall assist school districts and charter schools in providing career and technology education to students.
Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 82, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.
Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 405 (H.B. 136), Sec. 1, eff. June 1, 2017.
Acts 2021, 87th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1005 (H.B. 4509), Sec. 1, eff. June 18, 2021.
Sec. 4.002. PUBLIC EDUCATION ACADEMIC GOALS. To serve as a foundation for a well-balanced and appropriate education:
GOAL 1: The students in the public education system will demonstrate exemplary performance in the reading and writing of the English language.
GOAL 2: The students in the public education system will demonstrate exemplary performance in the understanding of mathematics.
GOAL 3: The students in the public education system will demonstrate exemplary performance in the understanding of science.
GOAL 4: The students in the public education system will demonstrate exemplary performance in the understanding of social studies.
Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995.