AUSTIN – A national report released Friday confirms that Texas does a superior job in crafting its own curriculum standards, which were created with input from thousands of Texans.

Texas, along with Alaska, has refused to join an effort this year to create national standards.

Education Week Friday released its annual Quality Counts report, which this year focuses on the national standards debate and examines the quality of work states have done independently preparing their own standards.

Texas earned a grade of “A” on standards, assessment and accountability, and ranked sixth in the country.

The state earned a grade of 100 for both its standards and school accountability systems, and received a score of 86.7 for its student tests.

The report noted that 11 states said they had used the Texas standards when crafting their own standards.

“Today’s Quality Counts report verifies what Texas leaders have been saying. Our standards are strong. They are models for other states. The Texas standards were crafted after receiving input from thousands of citizens while the national standards are being written without input from local educators, school boards or parents,” said Texas Commissioner of Education Robert Scott.

Texas also ranked sixth and earned a grade of “B” for a category called transitions and alignments, which examines early-childhood education, college readiness and economy and workforce.

Full Quality Counts information is available at: http://www.edweek.org/ew/toc/2010/01/14/index.html.