Foster Care & Student Success, housed in Texas Education Agency’s Division of Federal and State Education Policy maintains resources and information for school district liaisons, educators, students, and others interested in supporting the educational success of students in foster care. The resources and materials provided are intended to provide guidance related to the unique circumstances surrounding students who live in foster care and attend Texas public schools. In Texas, over 16,000 school-age students live in foster care.
The Foster Care & Student Success web content is divided into the following areas:
Foster Care & Student Success Resource Guide Now Available!
TEA has released a Texas Foster Care & Student Success Resource Guide (PDF, 7.67 MB). The agency has worked over the last year with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and the Supreme Court of Texas, Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families (Children's Commission) to develop a comprehensive resource for Texas schools. The guide contains a variety of key topics and calls attention to important matters related to the education of students in foster care.
TEA desires that the guide is widely used and distributed! Please share with your districts, schools and networks. The guide is available in a variety of formats.
|Foster Care & Student Success Resource Guide - Content Sections
|Cover and Front matter ||Preface||913 KB|
|Chapter 1||Education & Students in Foster Care: An Overview||631 KB|
|Chapter 2||Increasing Cross-System Awareness||836 KB|
|Chapter 3 ||Building Cross-System Partnerships: Education, Child Welfare & Courts||487 KB|
|Chapter 4||Foster Care Overview: Understanding the Foster Care System||1.1 MB|
|Chapter 5||District Foster Care Liaisons: Responsibilities & Expectations||315 KB|
|Chapter 6 ||Identifying Students & Maintaining Confidentiality: Key Considerations||356 KB|
|Chapter 7||Enrollment 101||623 KB|
|Chapter 8 ||School Stability & Promoting Effective Transfers: Common Questions||1.1 MB|
|Chapter 9||Education Decision Making, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) & Sharing Education Information with Child Welfare Stakeholders||758 KB|
|Chapter 10||Additional School Provisions & Procedures||893 KB|
|Chapter 11||The School Experience: Providing Student Support, Implementing Academic |
Supports and Interventions & Promoting High School Completion
|Chapter 12||Students Eligible for or Receiving Special Education Services||471 MB|
|Chapter 13||Transitioning Out of Foster Care and Post-Secondary Education Opportunities||926 MB|
|Endnotes|| ||135 KB|
|Appendices|| ||954 KB|
|References and Back matter || ||160 KB|
Federal & State Education Policy
Foster Care Education & Policy Coordinator