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CCLC (21st Century Community Learning Centers)

21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC), is a federally funded out-of-school time initiative that serves as a supplementary program to enhance local reform efforts by assisting students in meeting academic standards in the core subjects.  Also known as Texas Afterschool Centers on Education, or Texas ACE, the program serves students and their families by offering an array of academic assistance, enrichment, family and parental support services and college and workforce readiness activities to complement regular academic programs. 

AAR (Academic Achievement Record)

An academic achievement record is a transcript of academic achievement of students who have completed a minimum, recommended or advanced (distinguished) high school program. School districts are required to maintain these records. 

ABE (Adult Basic Education)

Adult Basic Education provides English language proficiency, basic academic and literacy functional skills, and high school equivalency for out-of-school youth and adults. ABE is for individuals who are beyond the age of compulsory school attendance and who function at less than a high school completion level.

ACES (Adult and Community Education System)

ACES is a historical data base that was used for federal reporting from 1999 to 2004. ACES is no longer active and has been replaced with the TEAMS (Texas Educating Adults Management System). TEAMS is the current web-based management information system for adult education in Texas. The system is made up of data collected according state and federal definitions and is entered by local Adult Education providers who receive state and federal adult education funds. Adult education services are provided to persons beyond compulsory education (adults) who need adult basic education and do not have a high school diploma or need to learn to speak English. TEAMS produces adult education state and federal reports.

ACT

A college entrance examination administered by ACT, Inc.

ADA (Average Daily Attendance)

The number of students attending school on an average day. School districts receive funding based on ADA calculations. 

AED (Automated External Defibrillators)

The automated external defibrillator (AED) is a computerized medical device that can check a person’s heart rhythm and determine if it requires a shock. The AED uses voice prompts, lights and text messages to tell the rescuer the steps to take. (American Heart Association website)

AEIS (Academic Excellence Indicator System)

The Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS) pulls together a wide range of information on the performance of students in each school and district in Texas every year. This information is put into the annual AEIS reports, which are released each fall.

AMAO (Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives)

Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives are used in holding Title III-funded local education agencies accountable for their English language learners’ development and attainment of English proficiency while meeting state academic content and achievement standards.

AP (Advanced Placement)

The Advanced Placement Program, administered by the College Board, offers students the opportunity to take one or more advanced level courses and examinations from six academic areas: arts, English, history and social sciences, mathematics and computer science, sciences and world languages.

ASF (Available School Fund)

The ASF is primarily made up of revenue generated by the state’s fuel tax and by the Permanent School Fund. Each Texas school district is entitled to receive payments from the ASF.

 

ASKTED (Texas Education Directory)

AskTED (Texas Education Directory) is an interactive, Web-based application that enables all Texas school districts to update district personnel contact data as well as district and campus organizational data. All of the data are publicly available for download, and a compilation of the information, known as the Texas School Directory, is published annually on the TEA website.

BTIM (Beginning Teacher Induction Mentoring program)

BTIM programs are designed to increase retention of beginning teachers. Under the Texas Education Code, public school districts and open enrollment charter schools may assign a qualified mentor teacher to each classroom teacher who has less than two years of teaching experience in a subject area or grade level.

CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers)

The Council of Chief State School Officers is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions.

CIRCLE (Center for Improving the Readiness of Children for Reading and Education)

The Center for Improving the Readiness of Children for Learning and Education (CIRCLE) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHSC-H) is actively involved in numerous research, community programs and training activities designed to promote quality learning environments for young children.

CIS (Communities In Schools)

Communities In Schools (CIS) is a stay-in-school program sponsored by the Texas Legislature. CIS uses a case management model to prevent dropouts, help students stay in school, successfully learn, and prepare for life.

CLEP (College-Level Examination Program)

The College-Level Examination Program, administered by the College Board, gives students the opportunity to receive college credit for what they already know by earning qualifying scores on any of 34 examinations.

CRT (Criterion Referenced Test)

Criterion referenced tests determine whether examinees have achieved a predetermined level of mastery of a skill or knowledge of a specific content area.

CSH (Coordinated School Health)

Coordinated School Health (CSH) is a systemic approach to advancing student academic performance by promoting, practicing and coordinating school health education and services. The approach is designed to help students establish healthy behaviors that will last their lifetime.

CSTS (Charter Schools Tracking System)

The Charter Schools Tracking System (CSTS) is designed to collect and report information related to Charter Schools. TEA employees use the system to respond to inquiries, maintain and update information, generate accurate and up-to-date reports, and share information with other applications.

DAP (Distinguished Achievement Program)

The Distinguished Achievement Program requires that in addition to specific course requirements, students successfully complete any combination of four advanced measures that focus on demonstrated student performance at the college level or work equivalent to that done by professionals in the arts, sciences, business, industry or in community service.

DGB (Data Governance Board)

The Data Governance Board conducts a sunset review each even-numbered year of all campus and district data collections required by TEA to determine whether the collections are still needed and to eliminate those that are not (TEC §7.060). Made up of staff from across the agency, the committee also reviews requests for new campus or district data collections. DGB ensures that multiple requests for the same data are not made of campuses and districts and that data collected from campuses and districts are required by state or federal statute or mandate. In addition, DGB reviews any new or amended rules proposed by the commissioner of education, State Board of Education, or State Board for Educator Certification for data implications.

DATE (District Awards for Teacher Excellence)

District Awards for Teacher Excellence allows school districts to create or continue a system of awards for educators who demonstrate success in student achievement.

EDA (Existing Debt Allotment)

EDA provides funding to school districts for debt service payments on eligible bonded debt.

EDIT+

EDIT+ is a web-based software application which provides a resource for Texas school regions, districts and campuses to submit their PEIMS data via the Internet. EDIT+ offers an interface for users to transfer PEIMS data files to TEA, validate the data, then generate reports. TEA uses PEIMS data to determine funding and accountability for each campus, along with providing data to TEA’s Pre-Kindergarten-16 Public Education Information Resource Data Warehouse. 

EEO (Equal Educational Opportunity)

The Equal Educational Opportunity Act of 1974 prohibits specific discriminatory conduct, including segregating students on the basis of race, color or national origin, and discrimination against faculty and staff. The EEOA also requires school districts to take action to overcome students' language barriers that impede equal participation in educational programs. 

EMAT (Educational Materials Online)

EMAT is a multipurpose web-based system that automates many of the processes involving the ordering, shipping, warehousing, redistribution and payment for state-adopted instructional materials requisitioned online by school districts and charter schools. Major users include textbook coordinators at school districts and charter schools, Agency instructional materials and accounts payable staff, publisher depositories, freight carriers and express delivery companies, Braille and large type textbook producers and publishing company sales staff.

ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act)

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act is a federal law passed in 1965 which funded primary and secondary education. The act was reauthorized by Congress multiple times after its enactment and in 2001 was replaced by the No Child Left Behind Act.

ESY (Extended School Year)

Under IDEA, Extended School Year Services are individualized instructional programs provided beyond the regular school year for eligible students with disabilities. 

ETAC (Education Technology Advisory Committee)

The Educational Technology Advisory Committee (ETAC), established by the Texas Legislature, works to increase the equity, efficiency and effectiveness of student learning, instructional management, staff development and administration. The committee is charged with recommending state and federal legislation as well as strategies for implementation of the Long-Range Plan for Technology 2006-2020. 

FASRG (Financial Accountability System Resource Guide)
An official Texas Education Publication, it describes the rules for financial accounting for Charter Schools, Education Service Centers and School Districts.

FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)

The is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. Parents have a right of access to their children's education records. When a student turns 18 or enters college, the rights under FERPA transfer to the student.

FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas)

The Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas is an accountability rating of a school district. It is based on the district's overall performance on certain financial measurements, ratios, and other indicators that are established by the Commissioner of Education.

(FSP) Foundation School Program

The Foundation School Program is the state program that establishes the amount of state and local funding due to school districts under the Texas school finance law.

GED (General Educational Development)

Individuals who pass the GED exam earn a high school equivalency diploma. The GED tests cover five subjects: Math, Science, Social Studies, Writing and Reading.

GEEG (Governor’s Educator Excellence Grant)

The Governor’s Educator Excellence Grant program was federally- and state-funded and provided three-year grants to schools to design and implement teacher performance pay plans from the 2005-06 to 2007-08 school years. GEEG was implemented in 99 high poverty, high performing Texas public schools.

IB (International Baccalaureate)

The IB is a nonprofit educational foundation that offers three programs for students aged 3 to 19 to help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world.  

IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act)

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.

IFA (Instructional Facilities Allotment)

The IFA provides funding to school districts for debt service payments on debt for the purchase, construction, renovation and expansion of instructional facilities.

IHE (Institute of Higher Education)

A college or university.

ISP (Intensive Summer Program)

The Intensive Summer Program provides intensive academic instruction during the summer semester to promote postsecondary success for middle school and high school students identified as being at risk of dropping out of school.

LEA (Local Educational Agencies)

A public school district, open enrollment charter school or regional education service center.

Limited English Proficient (LEP) Student Success Initiative 

LEP Student Success Initiative provides intensive programs of instruction for students with limited English proficiency. It also provides training materials and other resources to assist teachers in developing the expertise required to enable students of LEP to meet state performance standards. 

LFA (Local Fund Assignment)

School districts are responsible for funding a portion of their Tier I entitlement under the Foundation School Program. This portion is called the Local Fund Assignment. Tier I is made up of several allotments, including those for basic education, special education, career and technical education and other programs. 

MIC (Mathematics Instructional Coaches Pilot Program)

The Mathematics Instructional Coaches Pilot Program provides assistance in developing the content knowledge and instructional expertise of secondary mathematics teachers. To be eligible for the program, districts must have a high percent of students who are economically disadvantaged or a low percentage of students who meet standards on the mathematics Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills.

MOE (Maintenance of Effort)

A federal fiscal requirement applicable to grant programs funded pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the No Child Left Behind Act.  Pursuant to these federal laws, local education agencies are required to maintain fiscal effort for general and special education.

MOU (Memorandum of Understanding)

An MOU is a document that expresses mutual accord on an issue between two or more parties.

MRT (Master Reading Teacher)

Master Reading Teachers teach reading and mentor other teachers as they meet the diverse reading needs of their students.

NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress)

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), known as the "Nation's Report Card," is a program of the U.S. Department of Education. It provides information on state and national student achievement and how that achievement has changed over time.

NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling)

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of more than 10,000 secondary school counselors, independent counselors, college admission and financial aid officers, enrollment managers and organizations who guide students through the secondary-to- higher-education transition process.

NBPTS (National Board of Professional Teaching Standards)

The National Board of Professional Teaching Standards is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization whose mission is to improve the quality of teaching and learning.  NBPTS is designed for teachers seeking a national certification.

NCLB (No Child Left Behind)

NCLB, passed by Congress in 2001, supports standards-based education reform. The Act requires states to develop assessments in basic skills to be given to all students in certain grades, if those states are to receive federal funding for schools. The Act does not assert a national achievement standard; standards are set by each individual state.  

NHR (National Honor Roll)

National Honor Roll is an organization that recognizes high school and middle school students for exceptional academic success. To be included, students must provide the National Honor Roll with detailed information about their accomplishments and extracurricular activities.

NHS (National Honor Society)

The National Honor Society (NHS) and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) are national organizations established to recognize academic achievement, leadership, service and character in high school and middle level students. 

NIFA (New Instructional Facility Allotment)

NIFA provides operational expenses associated with the opening of a new instructional facility.

NMSC (National Merit Scholarship Corporation)

Established in 1955, National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that conducts the National Merit® Scholarship Program and the National Achievement® Scholarship Program–annual competitions for recognition and college undergraduate scholarships.

OCR (Office for Civil Rights)

The Office for Civil Rights works to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation through enforcement of civil rights. 

OEYP (Optional Extended Year Program)

The Optional Extended Year Program provides extended day, extended week or extended year programs for students at risk of not being promoted to the next grade or at risk of not graduating from high school. OEYP works to increase academic skills and reduce student grade level retention.

PBMAS (Performance Based Monitoring Analysis System)

The Performance Based Monitoring Analysis System is an automated data system that reports annually on the performance of school districts and charter schools in selected program areas (bilingual education/English as a second language, career and technical education, special education, and certain Title programs under the No Child Left Behind Act).

PDF (Portable Document Format)

Invented by Adobe Systems, Portable Document Format (PDF) lets users capture and view information from almost any application and on any computer system.

PEIMS (Public Education Information Management System)

The Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) encompasses all data requested and received by TEA about public education, including student demographic and academic performance, personnel, financial, and organizational information.

PGA (Perkins Grant Application)

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Grant is a federal grant administered by the Division of Formula Funding per the Perkins Act of 2006: PL 109-270. All districts are eligible to apply for these funds to support Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.

PEG (Public Education Grant)

The PEG program permits parents whose children attend underperforming schools to request that their children transfer to schools in other districts. A list of PEG-designated schools is provided to districts annually. By February 1, districts must notify each parent of a student in the district assigned to attend a school on the PEG list. Based on the February list, parents may request a transfer for the following school year.

PIA (Public Information Act)

Texas state law gives the public access to government records. All government information, with certain exceptions, is presumed to be available to the public.

PID (Person Identification Database)

The Person Identification Database (PID) system is used by the Texas Education Agency to manage and store identifying information on students and teachers in the  Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS). The purpose of the PID system is to ensure that each time data are collected for the same individual, certain pieces of basic identifying information match.

PKES (Prekindergarten Early Start Grant)

The purpose of the Prekindergarten Early Start Grant is to provide funds to school districts and open enrollment charter schools to prepare students to enter kindergarten on or above grade level.

PKG (Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines) 

The 2008 Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines were developed to help educators provide all preschool children with the proper foundations for school success.

PSF (Permanent School Fund)

The PSF was created with a $2 million appropriation by the Texas Legislature in 1854 expressly for the benefit of the public schools of Texas. The Constitution of 1876 stipulated that certain lands and all proceeds from the sale of these lands should also constitute the PSF.

RFP (Request for Proposals)

A competitive solicitation method used for highly technical or specialized services. It is generally used when there is no direct legal authority to acquire services exceeding $25,000.

RFQ (Request for Qualifications)

A competitive solicitation document requesting submittal of qualifications or specialized expertise in response to the scope of services required.

RFO (Request for Offer)

A solicitation for computer related products or services exceeding $5,000 requesting the submittal of an offer in response to the required scope of services, including a cost proposal.  

RFI (Request for Information)

A general invitation to contractors requesting information for a potential future agency solicitation. The RFI is typically used as a research and information gathering tool for preparation of a solicitation.

RFA (Request for Application)

Document to apply for a grant. It is used usually used for school districts or open-enrollment charter schools grants.

RTI (Response to Intervention)

 RtI is the practice of meeting the academic and behavioral needs of all students through high quality instruction and scientific research-based tiered interventions, frequent monitoring of student progress, and application of student response data.

SAI (Special Accreditation Investigation)

Under state law, the Commissioner of Education may authorize an accreditation investigation in response to conflict between members of the board of trustees or between the board and district administration if it appears the conflict involves a violation of the statutory duties of the board members or the administration. The investigation involves agency staff reviewing a district’s or charter’s accountability and performance measures.

SAT

A college entrance examination administered by the College Board.  

SBEC (State Board for Educator Certification)

The State Board for Educator Certification provides certification testing for educators, investigates allegations of educator misconduct, assists colleges, universities and alternative programs in developing and implementing teacher certification training programs, and ensures the quality of these programs.

SBOE (State Board of Education)

Comprising 15 elected members from districts throughout the state, SBOE establishes policy and provides leadership for the Texas public school system. The board sets curriculum standards, determines passing scores for state-mandated assessment tests, and oversees the investment of the Permanent School Fund.

SCE (State Compensatory Education)
Programs and/or services designed to supplement the regular education program for students identified as at risk of dropping out of school.

SENS (Statewide Education Notification System)
The Statewide Education Notification System (SENS) is an information delivery system that provides critical and time-sensitive information from TEA to Education Service Centers (ESCs), school districts, charter schools and other organizations through email, phone, voice-mail, and pagers.

SES (Supplemental Educational Services)

Supplemental Educational Services (SES) is additional academic instruction designed to increase the academic achievement of students in campuses needing improvement. These services may include tutoring, remediation and other educational interventions.

SHARS (School Health & Related Services)

School Health and Related Services (SHARS) is a Medicaid financing program that is a joint effort of the Texas Education Agency and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). SHARS allows local school districts / shared services arrangements to obtain Medicaid reimbursement for certain health-related services provided to students in special education. 

SIP (School Improvement Program)

The School Improvement Program provides supplemental funds to Title I campuses which fail to make adequate yearly progress (AYP) for two or more consecutive years. Funds are used to improve student achievement.

SRCS (School Readiness Certification System)

The Texas School Readiness Certification System (SRCS) is used to determine the effectiveness of prekindergarten, Head Start, and community-based child care programs in preparing children for kindergarten.

TAAS (Texas Assessment of Academic Skills)

The Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) was the student assessment system from 1990-2002. It was replaced by the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS).

TAC (Texas Administrative Code)

The Texas Administrative Code (TAC) is a compilation of all state agency rules in Texas. These rules are collected and published by the Office of the Secretary of State. There are 16 titles in the TAC. Each title represents a subject category, and related agencies are assigned to the appropriate title. State Board of Education and commissioner of education rules are codified in the TAC under Title 19, Education, Part 2, Texas Education Agency. State Board for Educator Certification rules are codified in the TAC under Title 19, Education, Part 7, State Board for Educator Certification.

TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills)

The Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) assessments are criterion-referenced achievement tests designed to measure the extent to which a student has learned and is able to apply the defined knowledge and skills at each tested grade level. The TAKS program was launched in 2003 and was scheduled to be replaced by the STAAR (State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness) program beginning in 2011.

TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)

A federal program that provides financial and medical assistance to needy dependent children and the parents or relatives with whom they are living.

TAP (Teacher Advancement Program)

TAP is a comprehensive strategy to attract, develop, motivate and retain high quality teachers by providing multiple career options for classroom teachers. The program provides ongoing training, instructionally focused accountability, salary increases based on teacher’s duties, and bonuses to teachers based on teacher and student performance.

TCDD (Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities)

The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities is a 27-member board dedicated to ensuring that all Texans with developmental disabilities have the opportunity to be independent, productive and valued members of their communities. Using a variety of methods, the Council works to ensure that the service delivery system provides comprehensive services and supports that meet people's needs, are easy to access, and are cost effective.

TCER (Texas Center for Educational Research)

TCER provides original, nonpartisan educational research and evaluation to policymakers, state agencies, nonprofit education organizations, and school districts.

TEA (Texas Education Agency)

The Texas Education Agency provides leadership, guidance, and resources to help schools meet the educational needs of all students. Located in Austin, Texas, TEA is the administrative unit for primary and secondary public education. Under the leadership of the commissioner of education, the agency manages the textbook adoption process, oversees development of the statewide curriculum, administers the statewide assessment program, administers a data collection system on public school students, staff and finances, rates school districts under the statewide accountability system, operates research and information programs, monitors for compliance with federal guidelines and serves as a fiscal agent for the distribution of state and federal funds.

TEAMS (Texas Educating Adults Management System)

TEAMS (Texas Educating Adults Management System) is the current web-based management information system for adult education in Texas. The system is made up of data collected according state and federal definitions and is entered by local Adult Education providers who receive state and federal adult education funds. Adult education services are provided to persons beyond compulsory education (adults) who need adult basic education and do not have a high school diploma or need to learn to speak English. TEAMS produces adult education state and federal reports.

TEC (Texas Education Code)

The Texas Education Code (TEC) is a set of the state statutes (laws) governing public education in Texas. It applies to all educational institutions supported in whole or in part by state tax funds, unless specifically excluded by the code. The TEC directs the goals and framework of public education in Texas. It is established by the Texas Legislature. 

TED (Texas Education Directory)

AskTED is the online Texas Education Directory. TEA employees, school districts, and the general public use AskTED to find contact information and create mailing labels for Texas public schools, districts and education service centers. 

TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills)

State educational standards for what students should know and be able to do from prekindergarten through high school.

TELPAS (Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System)

TELPAS assesses the progress that limited English proficient (LEP) students make in learning the English language.

THEA (Texas Higher Education Assessment)

This test assesses the reading, mathematics, and writing skills that entering freshman-level students should have if they are to perform effectively in undergraduate certificate or degree programs in Texas public colleges or universities.

THECB (Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board)

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board was created by the Texas Legislature in 1965 to "provide leadership and coordination for the Texas higher education system to achieve excellence for the college education of Texas students." The Coordinating Board meets quarterly in Austin.

TIP (Technology Immersion Pilot)
The Technology Immersion Pilot was a 1:1 computing initiative that built a model for using immersion technology that is replicable, encompasses all the tools needed in a 21st Century Learning environment, and promotes engagement and anytime, anywhere learning for both students and teachers. The Texas Education Agency provides leadership and senior management of TIP in collaboration with school district, consulting, communications, research and evaluation, and vendor partners. 

TOY (Teacher of the Year)

Texas Teacher of the Year is the highest honor that the state of Texas can bestow upon a teacher. Facilitated by the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Teacher of the Year Program annually recognizes and rewards teachers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in teaching. Winners are chosen from representatives of each of the 20 Regional Education Service Centers.  

TPEIR (Texas PK-16 Public Education Information Resource)

The Texas PK-16 Public Education Information Resource (TPEIR) provides stakeholders in public education - including administrators, educators, state leadership, researchers, and professional organizations - with access to public primary, secondary, and higher education information for purposes of research, planning, policy development, and decision-making.

TPM (Texas Projection Measure)

The Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) Texas Projection Measure (TPM) estimates whether a student is likely to pass TAKS assessments at a future grade (grades 5, 7 [writing only], 8, or 11). This measure is based on three pieces of data: (1) the student’s current performance on TAKS, (2) the student’s previous-year performance in the subject of interest, and (3) the TAKS scores of all students on the campus that the student attends.

TREx (Texas Record Exchange)

The Texas Records Exchange (TREx) system is a web-based software application designed for the exchange of electronic student records as mandated by the 79th Legislature, 3rd Called Session, 2006 (House Bill 1).  By using the TREx application, school registrars have the ability to electronically request and receive student records for students who have attended or will be attending Texas public schools.  High school registrars and counselors also have the ability to electronically create and send official student transcripts to Texas public colleges and universities using TREx to access the University of Texas (UT) SPEEDE server.

TSD (Texas School for the Deaf)

Texas School for the Deaf educates students who are deaf and hard of hearing and serves as a resource center on deafness for students, parents, professionals and others.

TSBVI (Texas School for the Visually Impaired)

The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) serves as a special public school in the continuum of statewide placements for students who have a visual impairment. It is also a statewide resource to parents of these children and professionals who serve them. Students, ages 6 through 21, who are blind, deaf blind, or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities, are eligible for consideration for services at TSBVI.

TSII (Texas School Improvement Initiative)

TSII is a statewide educational leadership network of school district representatives trained in effective school practices: practitioners with expertise in analyzing student outcomes, planning, decision making, and program evaluation.

TSR! (Texas School Ready Program!)

Texas School Ready! (formerly known as TEEM-Texas Early Education Model) is a high quality early childhood model, based on proven school readiness components.

T-STEM (Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics initiative)

The T-STEM Initiative includes academies, professional development centers and a network all designed to improve instruction and academic performance in science and mathematics-related subjects at secondary schools.

TXPEP (Texas Principal Excellence Program)

TxPEP is a self-paced professional development program for principals and aspiring principals in school districts and charter schools. The objective is to enhance individual leadership skills of participants by providing both business management and educational administration professional development.

TxVSN (Texas Virtual School Network)

The TxVSN provides Texas public school students access to online courses that align with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills.

UIL (University Interscholastic League)

The University Interscholastic League was created by The University of Texas at Austin to provide educational extracurricular academic, athletic, and music contests. UIL organizes and supervises contests that assist in preparing students for citizenship.

WADA (Weighted Average Daily Attendance)

WADA is the weighted average daily attendance figure used in several state funding formulas to calculate the amount of state and local funds a district is entitled to.

WebER (Web Expenditure Reporting)

Web Expenditure Reporting is now referred to as Expenditure Reporting (ER). The Texas Education Agency (TEA) utilizes this Web-based expenditure reporting system for recipients of both formula and discretionary grants to submit requests for reimbursement. Users are able to access "real-time" information on the status of their payments and have access to comments TEA makes with regard to particular payments requests.

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