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TEA Mission and Responsibilities


The mission of the Texas Education Agency (TEA) is to provide leadership, guidance, and resources to help schools meet the educational needs of all students and prepare them for success in the global economy.

Note: The agency’s mission statement is included in the current strategic plan.


The Texas Education Agency (TEA) comprises the commissioner of education and agency staff. The TEA and the State Board of Education (SBOE) guide and monitor activities and programs related to public education in Texas. The SBOE consists of 15 elected members representing different regions of the state. One member is appointed chair by the governor.

Roles & Responsibilities

Located in Austin, Texas at 1701 N. Congress Ave., the TEA is the administrative unit for primary and secondary public education. Under the leadership of the commissioner of education, the TEA:

  • Administers the distribution of state and federal funding to public schools;
  • Administers the statewide assessment program and accountability system;
  • Provides support to the State Board of Education (SBOE) in the development of the statewide curriculum;
  • Assists the SBOE in the instructional materials adoption process and managing the instructional materials distribution process;
  • Administers a data collection system on public school information;
  • Performs the administrative functions and services of the State Board for Educator Certification;
  • Supports agency operations, including carrying out duties related to the Permanent School Fund; and
  • Monitors for compliance with certain federal and state guidelines.

The TEA operational costs are supported by both state and federal funds.

Organizational Chart (PDF, 15KB) *updated 7/2/2014

TEA strategic plan and customer satisfaction survey *updated 5/20/2014

Page last modified on 8/25/2014 04:17:08 PM.