Public documents







The following documents are recent selections from various education organizations made free-of-charge to you. Over time we will be making significant additions to this library. If you would like to receive an email notice when an article has been added please send an email request to with “Please send me new article notices” in the subject line. DSEF does not necessarily endorse the content of these articles but merely provides them as a resource for our stakeholders and interested parties. Some documents are free to the public but require you download them directly from their website. In those cases the direct link has been provided though you might be required to create a (free and easy) sign-on account.

1. 2012 – A Guide to Texas Public Education Funding:  Designed to help inform trustees, legislators and others about important issues and statistics regarding public education in Texas.

2. 2013 – Report on Texas School District Mandates:  Includes detailed analysis on statutory requirements placed upon school districts and summaries of cost factors for districts.

3. 2013 – Next Generation Science Standards for Today’s Students and Tomorrow’s Workforce: Through a collaborative, state-led process managed by Achieve, new K–12 science standards have been developed that are rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education. The NGSS is based on the Framework for K–12 Science Education developed by the National Research Council. Additional support documents are also included.

4. 2012 – Monitoring Progress Toward Successful K-12 STEM Education – Following a 2011 report by the National Research Council (NRC) on successful K-12 education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), Congress asked the National Science Foundation to identify methods for tracking progress toward the report’s recommendations. In response, the NRC convened the Committee on an Evaluation Framework for Successful K-12 STEM Education to take on this assignment. The committee developed 14 indicators linked to the 2011 report’s recommendations. By providing a focused set of key indicators related to students’ access to quality learning, educator’s capacity, and policy and funding initiatives in STEM.

Monitoring Progress Toward Successful K-12 STEM Education