Our History

Educate Texas began in 2003 as the Texas High School Project (THSP) when it introduced the Early College High School model to the state of Texas. The initial funding came from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which sought to make a significant investment to change the lives of low-income minority students in Texas. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation approached Communities Foundation of Texas, which then built the THSP and immediately leveraged state investments, as was intended by the original partnership. The private donation grew to five times the original amount as a result of the partnership of private and public stakeholders.

In 2010, the THSP relaunched as Educate Texas to better represent the broader scope of work it undertakes in its efforts to meet the ever-challenging needs of education in Texas – to not only educate students but also support teachers as well as the leaders responsible for the education systems’ ultimate success.

In 2015 in support of its mission, Educate Texas introduced the 20 by 2020 Student Success Plan and tightened its focus on four key impact areas: College and Career Readiness, Higher Education, Effective Teaching and Collective Impact.

Today, with offices in Dallas, Austin and the Rio Grande Valley, Educate Texas continues to grow in influence as we lead education reform and collaborate with partners to create meaningful change for Texas students.