Promise Kept rulings on the Abbott-O-Meter

Focus additional spending on cancer screenings and treatment for low-income Texans

"Because this is strategic spending on certain areas, it should reduce the cost of health care in the state in the long term." Abbott specified his desire to spend $50 million more on women's health care.

Legalize openly carrying handguns in public

"I will sign whichever open carry bill withstands the legislative process and makes it to my desk."

Allow guns on college campuses

The final decision to allow guns to be carried on campuses should be left to individual institutions.

Require state elected officials to disclose more about personal sources of income, contracts

"I'm proposing that all state elected officials be required to disclose more about their sources of income and to disclose any contracts they, or their family members, have with state agencies or local government bodies."

Allow schools to opt out of state mandates

"Teachers and parents know far better how to educate our children than do a bunch of bureaucrats in Austin or Washington, D.C."

Rate school campuses on A through F scale; require publication of campus report cards

"Many states have implemented an A through F rating system for individual campuses with great success." Each campus website should show the school's A through F rating and other indicators of success.

Offer additional aid to school districts with high-quality prekindergarten programs

“Expanding the population of students served by existing state-funded programs without addressing the quality of existing prekindergarten instruction or how it is being delivered would be an act of negligence and waste.”

Establish pilot program to make reading improvement teams available to help schools

"With a $2 million appropriation, teams of expert teacher mentors could be deployed to poor-performing schools to coach educators by teaching alongside them in the classroom."

Create reading-to-learn academies for fourth- and fifth-grade teachers

Provide $15 million a year to help teachers master tenets of careful, consistent and systematic reading instruction.

Create literacy achievement academies

Launching literacy achievement academies would renew, and build on, a program initiated in the 1990s at the urging of then-Gov. George W. Bush.

Create math achievement academies

"The" math achievement "academies would consist of four to five days of collaborative, research-based professional development training for math teachers across the state."

Launch school principals leadership training program

"To improve campus leadership, the state should offer financial support that enables public school principals and others in leadership positions to receive optional advanced leadership training."

Grant college credit to high school students scoring well on Advanced Placement exams

Public colleges and universities should be required to give college credit to high-school students scoring 3 or better on AP exams, potentially saving students and parents tuition money.