Texas Schools Project was founded in 1992 by John F. Kain, while he was a professor of economics at Harvard University. During an early 1990's visit to Texas, Kain learned about the state's accountability system that required annual testing in core subjects of all public school students in the state. His initial interest lied in using this data to investigate factors affecting the outcomes of minority and low-income students. Ultimately, Kain established a database of administrative level education data from Texas that was, at the time, unequalled in the world. Furthermore, it acted as a model to other states of the quality of education research that could be conducted using such data.
In 1997, Professor Kain joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Dallas and moved the project to the University under what is now the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. Kain led research efforts with what became known as the Texas Schools Microdata Panel until his death in 2003, when Dr. Paul Jargowsky assumed leadership of Texas Schools Project.
Today, the Texas Schools Project continues to support and conduct independent, high-quality academic research to improve academic achievement and teacher effectiveness, increase transitions to and success in postsecondary education, and improve labor market outcomes of students in Texas and the nation. Improving the quality of education provided to low-income and minority students continues to be a particular focus of Texas Schools Project.
This research is supported through the Texas Schools Project's two subsidiaries:
The Center for Research on Education Policy
The University of Texas at Dallas Education Research Center
Page last updated on May 2, 2013.