The Texas Virtual School
Network (TxVSN) provides Texas students and schools with equitable access to
quality online courses and instructors. It is a valuable resource for
interactive, collaborative, instructor-led online courses taught by state-certified
and appropriately credentialed teachers trained in effective online instruction.
TEA under the leadership of the commissioner of education,
administers the TxVSN, sets standards for and approves TxVSN courses and
professional development for online teachers, and has fiscal responsibility for
the network. Education Service Center (ESC) Region 10 oversees the day-to-day
operations of the TxVSN network. The TxVSN is made up of two components—the
TxVSN statewide catalog of supplemental high school courses and the full-time TxVSN
online schools program.
Statewide Supplemental Course Catalog
The TxVSN statewide
course catalog provides supplemental online courses for high school graduation
to public school age students. The catalog offers students across the state
opportunities to enroll in high school, Advanced Placement, and dual-credit
courses offered through the network by approved providers. The TxVSN catalog
works in partnership with public schools to meet the needs of students. To view
available courses, visit the TxVSN online course catalog. To learn more, visit the TxVSN website.
Full-Time Online Schools Program
TxVSN Online Schools (OLS) program offers full-time virtual instruction to eligible
Texas public school students in grades 3-12 who enroll in one of the seven
schools approved to participate in the program. Instruction provided through
the TxVSN OLS is 100 percent virtual. Students in the program are not required
to be physically present on campus during instruction.
All courses offered
through the TxVSN must meet the state curriculum requirements, known as the Texas
Essential Knowledge and Skills or TEKS, and the International Association for
K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) National
Standards of Quality for Online Courses.
Courses are also reviewed for alignment with accessibility
standards. TxVSN courses are taught by teachers who are Texas-certified in
the content area and grade level of the course or meet the credentialing
requirements of the associated institution of higher education. They are also trained
in best practices for delivering online instruction. Students do not need
to be physically present at school during instruction of TxVSN courses.
State Law and Rule for
See the following links for the law and rule about TXVSN:
Law—Texas Education Code
(TEC), Chapter 30A
Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 70, Technology-Based Instruction, SubchapterAA
Kate Loughrey, Statewide TxVSN Coordinator
Texas Education Agency
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701-1401