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Texas High School Project




The Texas High School Project (THSP) is a unique public-private alliance dedicated to significantly improving the postsecondary readiness of low-income students with a focus on students in low-performing schools.

New Strategy

THSP’s initial strategy was to support the creation of new innovative reform models, including Early College High Schools and T-STEM Academies, as well as the redesign of existing comprehensive high schools. As the models have matured and shown some early promising results, THSP’s approach has evolved, now focusing on four major impact areas: learning systems, teacher effectiveness, education leadership, and performance management. THSP develops practical insights and proven solutions that can be scaled in schools and districts throughout Texas based on evidence and data analysis across the transition from middle school through high school and into postsecondary programs (four-year, two-year and technical programs).   


221 new or redesigned schools:

  • 44 Early College High Schools (ECHS)
  • 51 T-STEM Academies (5 of the T-STEM academies are blended T-STEM/ECHS models)
  • 12 New/Charter schools
  • 114 High School Redesign schools
  • Serving over 84,000 students (as of 11/2009, new enrollment will be available 11/2010)
  • Over 1,100 ECHS students earned an average of 16 college credit hours each in 2008-2009
  • Of the 900 ECHS students who graduated in 2010, 308 earned an Associate’s degree along with their high school diploma

Findings from the Evaluation of the Texas High School Project: Second Annual Comprehensive Report by SRI International released December 2010 include:

  • ECHS students in 9th grade were twice as likely to meet or exceed TAKS standards in Reading and Math.
  • 10th grade ECHS students were 2.3 times more likely to meet or exceed TAKS on all subject areas.
  • T-STEM Grade 9 and Grade 10 students scored 29 and 21 points higher on TAKS-Math respectively than students from comparison schools.
  • T-STEM students in Grade 10 scored 29 points higher on TAKS-Science than students from comparison schools.

Funding Information

The Communities Foundation of Texas serves as the coordinating intermediary for the public-private alliance and manages the majority of the private philanthropic investments. State and federal investments in Texas schools are managed by the Texas Education Agency.

Public Funding (State and Federal) FY 2004-2010 - $222,500,000

Private Foundations:

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $79,700,000
  • Michael & Susan Dell Foundation $56,400,000
  • Communities Foundation of Texas $12,000,000
  • Greater Texas Foundation $3,000,000
  • Wallace Foundation $1,800,000
  • National Instruments $1,000,000
  • Meadows Foundation $1,000,000

Total Public-Private Funding - $377,400,000

Laws and Rules

  • General Appropriations Act, Article III, Rider 51, 2009
  • Texas Education Code §39.235



Federal & State Education Policy
Director, Dropout Prevention and College and Career Readiness Initiatives:
Jan Lindsey

Page last modified on 4/23/2014 02:45:05 PM.