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A Report to the
Citizens of Texas

Sept. 1, 2009 – Aug. 31, 2010

State Performance Measures

The following performance measures show Texas’ achievements in education, transportation and public health and safety – all key government services influencing and affecting residents’ quality of life.

Selected Performance Measures
Education FY 2010
Targeted
FY 2010
Actual
FY 2009
Actual
Percent of students completing high school 83.9% 89.2% 89.5%
Percent of students passing all tests taken 74.0% 75.8% 72.0%
Natural Resources FY 2010
Targeted
FY 2010
Actual
FY 2009
Actual
Percent of private land acreage in Texas managed to enhance wildlife 15.60% 16.87% 15.72%
Number of grant assisted projects completed (see note) 36 37 31
Public Safety FY 2010
Targeted
FY 2010
Actual
FY 2009
Actual
Number of crimes committed per 100,000 population (Index Crime Rate) 4,583 4,600 4,495
Number of emergency incidents coordinated 5,000 5,806 5,783
Public Health FY 2010
Targeted
FY 2010
Actual
FY 2009
Actual
Prevalence of tobacco use among middle & high school youth in target areas of Texas 19.0% 22.3% 23.7%
Number of women and children served (Family Violence Services) 80,942 79,060 77,739
Transportation FY 2010
Targeted
FY 2010
Actual
FY 2009
Actual
Dollar volume of construction contracts awarded $2,870.00 $3,233.83 $2,681.39
Number of construction projects awarded 600 1,061 677

Note: Grant assisted projects are local park acquisition, development, or construction projects that receive a state or federal matching grant
Source: Legislative Budget Board

Accomplishments

Financial Allocation Study for Texas

Public education spending consumes a huge share of Texas’ state and local revenues. The 2009 Texas Legislature charged the Comptroller’s office with conducting an unprecedented analysis — the Financial Allocation Study for Texas, or FAST — to study educational spending patterns and their link to student performance. Our groundbreaking report, Connecting the Dots: School Spending and Student Progress, identified Texas school districts that achieve strong student performance while keeping spending growth to a minimum.

Check out the full report on FASTexas.org for a unique analysis of public education spending and academic results.

Every Chance Funds

An economy as big as Texas’ needs a large and well-trained work force. The Comptroller’s Texas Works report detailed a widening gap between the skills required by Texas employers and the number of skilled workers in our state. To address this growing problem, the Texas Legislature created a $25 million Jobs and Education for Texans program to be administered by the Comptroller’s office.

The agency awards these Every Chance Funds in three categories:

  • Job Building Fund — $10 million to help finance equipment purchases for new career and technical education programs. More than 40 public and community colleges received funding, which is expected to benefit more than 7,700 students.
  • Launchpad Fund — $10 million to support and expand existing nonprofit programs that prepare low-income students for careers in high-demand occupations. Launchpad funding is expected to help more than 4,500 low-income Texans seek technical training.
  • Career and Technical Scholarship Fund — $5 million to help students complete certificates or associate’s degrees in high-demand occupations. It is anticipated that more than 5,000 students will receive scholarship funds.

Visit EveryChanceEveryTexan.org for complete program details.

 

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