During the 79th Texas Legislature, Third Called Session, 2006, House Bill 1 (HB 1) was passed, which amended the Texas Education Code (TEC), Chapter 39, Public School System Accountability. The HB 1 changes addressed, in part, the accreditation of school districts; sanctions and interventions for school districts, charter schools, and campuses; and the review by the State Office of Administrative Hearings of certain sanctions. As a result, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) was required to adopt rules to implement the changes addressed.
In a To The Administrator Addressed letter dated January 7, 2008, the Texas Education Agency (TEA or Agency) notified districts that:
- 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 97, Planning and Accountability, Subchapter DD, Investigative Reports, Sanctions, and Record Reviews had been amended;
- 19 TAC Chapter 97, Planning and Accountability, Subchapter EE, Accreditation Status, Standards, and Sanctions and 19 TAC Chapter 157, Hearings and Appeals, Subchapter EE, Review by State Office of Administrative Hearings: Certain Accreditation Sanctions had been adopted.
These changes establish new and revised rules in compliance with HB 1 and clarify and codify current TEA practice, as well as the commissioner of education’s intent, regarding accreditation issues.
These commissioner's rules related to accreditation may be viewed at Texas Administrative Code—Currently in Effect.
19 TAC Chapter 97, Planning and Accountability, Subchapter EE, Accreditation Status, Standards, and Sanctions defines the accreditation statuses of Accredited, Accredited-Warned, Accredited-Probation, and Not Accredited-Revoked and states how accreditation statuses will be determined and assigned to school districts. The rules also establish accreditation standards and sanctions, including definitions, purpose, and oversight appointments.
On November 23, 2008, 19 TAC §97.1037, 97.1051, 97.1053, and 97.1055 were amended to make the rules on accreditation status applicable to charter schools.
On July 28, 2010, these rules were amended to address changes to TEC, Chapter 39, as a result of HB 3 of the 81st Legislature, Regular Session, 2009.
Note: An accreditation status may be withheld pending final data necessary for the completion of a status assignment.
Authority and Background
TEC §39.051 and §39.052
19 TAC §97.1055. Accreditation Status
Definitions of Accreditation Statuses
Status Assignment Determination
Required Notification of Lowered Status
TEA Required Notification Language
District Accredited-Warned (Word) (30KB)
District Accredited-Warned (PDF) (27KB)
District Accredited-Probation (Word) (31KB)
District Accredited-Probation (PDF) (28KB)
Charter District Accredited-Warned (Word) (31KB)
Charter District Accredited-Warned (PDF) (28KB)
Charter District Accredited-Probation (Word) (31KB)
Charter District Accredited-Probation (PDF) (28KB)
Note: The requirements for public notification are specified in 19 TAC §97.1055(f). Documentation showing compliance with the notification requirements must be sent to the Texas Education Agency by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the following address:
Division of Program Monitoring and Interventions
Texas Education Agency
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701
Adopted Commissioner's Rules for Accreditation
2012-2013 Assignment of District Accreditation Statuses
2011-2012 Assignment of District Accreditation Statuses
2010-2011 Assignment of District Accreditation Statuses
2009-2010 Assignment of District Accreditation Statuses
2008-2009 Assignment of District Accreditation Statuses
2007-2008 Assignment of District Accreditation Statuses