Private School Enrollment Increasing in USA

The number of private school students increased from 5.3 million to 5.4 million between 2011-2012 and 2013-2014, according to a report just released by the National Center for Education Statistics.  This increase means that the total share of students in the United States that attend private schools went from 9.6 percent to 9.7 percent. 

Other findings include that more private school students took classes in Algebra II/Trigonometry and Calculus than students in traditional public schools, and a higher percentage of private school students take more classes in Science.  For more analysis of this data, see the June edition of CAPE Outlook.

June Featured Schools

Congratulations to All Saints Episcopal School in Fort Worth, Concordia High School in Round Rock, First Baptist School in Corpus Christi, Oak Hill Academy in Dallas, and Westminster Christian Academy in Webster.


Baylor University/TPSA Summer Workshop!
June 29, 2016


9-10:30 Legislative Recap with Representative Doc Anderson
10:30-11 Coffee Break
11-12:30 Private Schools in the 21st Century
12:30-1:15 Lunch

Small Groups Discussion:
Breakout 1: 1:30-2:20 Math in the 21st Century
Breakout 2: 2:30-3:20 ELAR in the 21st Century
Breakout 3: 3:30-4:20 Social Studies in the 21st Century

To Register:

The Texas Tuition Promise Fund is a program that allows parents to pre-pay for any Texas two- or four-year public college or university using current tuition amounts. 

This program is administered through the Texas Comptroller for Public Accounts, and they want to make sure that private school families are aware of the benefits. 

For more information visit the Texas Tuition Promise fund website.


Did you know that the College Board, in partnership with Khan Academy offers free, personalized online practice resources for all students.  

This is part of the College Board's commitment to equity in student testing.


Texas School Finance Ruling

On May 13, 2016, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that the state's public school funding structure was constitutional after hearing oral arguments in September 2015. This ruling came after Travis County District Judge John Dietz ruled the system unconstitutional in February 2014.

In his decision, Justice Don Willett claimed that, "our Byzantine school funding 'system' is undeniably imperfect, with immense room for improvement.  But it satisfies minimum constitutional requirements."

While many expected that the Supreme Court would rule the system unconstitutional and demand that the legislature remedy the situation to allow for more funding for school districts, this outcome pushes that decision back to the legislature to come up with solutions to improve the school funding system and new interim charges have already been announced. 

Many, including the Lt. Governor, hope that these solutions include school choice options that allow for more parental choice in Texas.  One thing is certain, TPSA will be a part of these discussions to make sure that any school choice proposal is one that is good for students, families, and private schools in Texas.

Crime and Safety Statistics from NCES

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