Foster Care & Student Success


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! 

Foster Care & Student Success Resource Guide coverTEA 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. 

Guide Formats

Foster Care & Student Success Resource Guide - Content Sections
SectionContentPDF size
Cover and Front matter  Preface913 KB
Chapter 1Education & Students in Foster Care: An Overview631 KB
Chapter 2Increasing Cross-System Awareness836 KB
Chapter 3  Building Cross-System Partnerships: Education, Child Welfare & Courts487 KB
Chapter 4Foster Care Overview: Understanding the Foster Care System1.1 MB
Chapter 5District Foster Care Liaisons: Responsibilities & Expectations315 KB
Chapter 6  Identifying Students & Maintaining Confidentiality: Key Considerations356 KB
Chapter 7Enrollment 101623 KB
Chapter 8  School Stability & Promoting Effective Transfers: Common Questions1.1 MB
Chapter 9Education Decision Making, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) & Sharing Education Information with Child Welfare Stakeholders758 KB
Chapter 10Additional School Provisions & Procedures893 KB
Chapter 11The School Experience: Providing Student Support, Implementing Academic
Supports and Interventions & Promoting High School Completion
1.3 MB
Chapter 12Students Eligible for or Receiving Special Education Services471 MB
Chapter 13Transitioning Out of Foster Care and Post-Secondary Education Opportunities926 MB
Endnotes 135 KB
Appendices 954 KB
References and Back matter  160 KB

Federal & State Education Policy
Foster Care Education & Policy Coordinator
Kelly Kravitz

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