The resources listed below are provided by departments within the Texas Education Agency. Other resources for early childhood education and care outside of TEA are available.
The Curriculum Division provides state level support, information and non-regulatory guidance to school administrators, teachers, counselors, parents, and students regarding general curriculum laws and rules, particularly with respect to graduation requirements, options for offering courses, and award of credit.
The division is responsible for supporting development and implementation of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) in the foundation and enrichment curriculum. The Curriculum Division also provides state level leadership in the areas of advanced academics, bilingual/ ESL education, early childhood education, Gifted/Talented education; Response to Intervention (RtI), and the Texas-Spain Initiative. (Curriculum Division)
The Division of NCLB Program Coordination at TEA is responsible for the state-level administration and implementation of federal education programs under the No Child Left Behind Act and the Ed-Flex Partnership program. There are several ways in which prekindergarten children may be served under Title I, Part A. For guidance on the NCLB Title I, Part A Preschool Program. The Guidance for the Implementation of Title I, Part A, Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Education Agencies is also helpful. It may be found on the same site. (NCLB Coordination)
The Foundation School Program (FSP) is the primary source of state funding for Texas school districts. The program is administered by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). The FSP, in its current form, is meant to ensure that all school districts, regardless of property wealth, receive "substantially equal access to similar revenue per student at similar tax effort." (Foundation School Program)
One of the six eligibility criteria for public prekindergarten services is that the child be educationally disadvantaged. The term, “educationally disadvantaged,” means eligible to participate in the national free or reduced-price lunch program established under 42 U.S.C. Section 1751 et seq. (Current year Income Eligibility Guidelines)
LONESTAR Education Reports is a website developed by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) that provides easy access to Texas K -12 and higher education data. It displays information about Texas public schools using charts and graphs for the five most recent years of available data. (LONESTAR)
The new Standard Reports contain information concerning students enrolled in a variety of programs, subjects and courses; and students receiving special education services. The reports also contain information on prekindergarten enrollment, bilingual education and teacher salaries, along with listings of districts or campuses by Congressional District, Texas House or Senate District, or State Board of Education District. (PEIMS)
Proclamation 2011 called for instructional materials for Prekindergarten Systems. The State Board of Education issued Proclamation 2011 in May 2008 and amended it in September 2008 and September 2009. The adoption of materials under Proclamation 2011 is scheduled to occur in November 2010. The adopted materials are scheduled to be available for use beginning in the 2011-2012 school year. The list of adopted Prekindergarten Instructional Systems are on page 1 of 15. (Instructional Materials)
Per the Texas Education Code (TEC), §29.1531, a district may charge tuition to provide an additional half day of prekindergarten classes to those children who are eligible for free prekindergarten classes; and half-day and full-day prekindergarten classes to children who are ineligible for free prekindergarten classes. (Prekindergarten Tuition)
Eligible children with disabilities, ages 3-21, are entitled to receive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA). In Texas, school district Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) provide special education and related services for eligible children with disabilities ages three through five. PPCD refers to the services provided by the school district, not to the place where they are provided. Eligible children may receive PPCD services in variety settings such as pre-kindergarten, resource, and self-contained classrooms or in community settings such as Head Start and pre-school. (PPCD)
TEA's Program Evaluation Unit in the Division of Evaluation, Analysis, and Planning is responsible for evaluating state and federally funded grant programs. (Program Evaluation)
The State Waivers Unit of the Texas Education Agency is responsible for the expedited and general state waivers, class size waivers and textbook (instructional material) waivers. (State Waivers)
The Student Attendance Accounting Handbook (SAAH)describes the Foundation School Program eligibility requirements of all students; prescribes the minimum standards for all attendance accounting systems, whether manual or automated; lists the documentation requirements for attendance audit purposes; specifies the minimum standards for systems that are entirely functional without the use of paper; and details the responsibilities of all district personnel involved in student attendance accounting.
This site is a central resource for and link to all State and Federal grant opportunities administered by TEA (Grant Opportunities). Information on the Prekindergarten Early Start (PKES) grant and other grants for early childhood education and care programs may be found by selecting “Early Childhood” in the “Program/Subject Area” drop down box on this site. Grant management, administrative guidance, and other resources.
TEA Grant Resources
In 2008, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) revised the Texas Prekindergarten guidelines with the expertise of writing teams and state and national experts, along with input gathered from public forums across the state and written comments submitted during the public comment period. This feedback was incorporated into the guidelines which were then approved by the commissioner of education on May 21, 2008, and presented to the State Board of Education for review on May 22, 2008. The guidelines will remain voluntary and guided publishers in revising prekindergarten instructional materials for the 2011 Proclamation. (English)(Spanish)
This web-based professional development tool orients and introduces educators to the new Prekindergarten Guidelines. The training includes video examples of child behaviors in five domains (social and emotional development, language and communication, emergent literacy: reading and writing, and math), and provides instructional strategies teachers can use to support students. Also included are examples of integrated instruction with video examples of classroom interactions where several outcomes from the guidelines are combined. (Web-based Training)
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