During the final phases of the presidential campaign last year, the Federal Government's program on tackling falling literacy levels in Houston schools, particularly in the Humble area, was the cause of a heated debate in the Texas Senate for a national force on STEM education. As Schiel & Denver Book Publishers reported, the idea was to constantly reform low accomplishing educational institutions, in the face of potential school shutdowns across Houston's educational districts.
With this contentious backdrop, HISD Superintendent Terry Grier told a crowded hall at the Hilton Americas Hotel of over 2,500 students and community leaders on February 1st 2013, that the Common Core State Standards and noteworthy accomplishments of Houston's schools, must continue and improve as we go into President Barack Obama's second terms in Office.
“We are here today to see the beginning of the future of education,” Superintendent Terry Grier said, according to the publishing reports from Schiel & Denver Book Publishers, “no longer can we think about education in the manner in which we experienced it. It’s a whole new world and we are part of leading it,” Superintendent Grier added.
This all comes with the impressive evidence of the best graduation rate ever for the Houston Schools system, combined with the lowest high school dropout rate ever, gives further weight to educational advocates, parent and STEM teacher's associations who have been asking for years for a more modern accountability system.