Robert P. Scott
Home Town: Austin
Scott has served as education commissioner since October 2007. Under his leadership, TEA has addressed education issues facing Texas public schools, including increasing school safety, improving pre-kindergarten programs, expanding college readiness programs, and implementing the largest teacher incentive program in the country.
Scott supervised the development of Texas' innovative and rigorous testing program, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAARTM). He also oversaw the creation of Project Share, a groundbreaking professional development program for educators that provides online training, resources and forums for teachers. He has also pushed for higher standards in secondary education through the creation of the Texas High School Project and the Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM) Initiative, and the emphasis of college- and career- readiness standards in the state's curriculum.
As education commissioner, Scott serves as a member of the Commission for College Ready Texas, Southern Regional Education Board, OneStar National Service Committee, the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, and the Education Commission of the States.