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Copyright and Terms of Service

All materials found on this site are copyrighted by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Do not copy them without the express written permission of TEA, except under the following conditions:

  1. Texas public school districts, charter schools, and Education Service Centers may copy materials for district and school educational use.
  2. Residents of the state of Texas may copy materials for individual personal use only.
  3. You may not alter or make partial copies of materials.
  4. You may not charge for the reproduced materials or any document containing them except to cover only the cost of reproduction and distribution.

If you are located in Texas but are not an employee of a Texas public school district or charter school, you MUST get written approval from TEA to copy materials. These organizations must enter into a license agreement that may involve paying a licensing fee or a royalty fee.

Contact TEA Copyrights with any questions you may have.

Copyright © Texas Education Agency, 2014. 

Disclaimer

Although TEA believes all information on this site to be accurate and reliable, we assume no responsibility for any errors appearing in rules or other information. TEA also assumes no responsibility for the use of the information. TEA also disclaims any liability for claims or damages that may result from providing the information contained on the site. 

TEA takes responsibility only for its own content. We make no effort to verify or exert editorial control over information on pages outside of our own domain. Direct specific questions about a document to the appropriate organization. 

Endorsements

TEA does not endorse any external products, vendors, consultants, or documents referenced in this website. Any mention of vendors, products, or services is for informational purposes only. TEA also does not endorse third-party sites linked to the TEA website. 

If you have any questions about endorsements or links, please contact TEA Web Administration.

HyperLinks

Linking to the TEA Web Site

What you can do: 

A simple link to the TEA home page requires no permission.

You may also link to one of our sub-pages, where appropriate. We reserve the right to change sub-pages at any time without notice, so it is up to you to verify your links to our sub-pages.

What you should not do: 

Do not capture our pages within your site or otherwise present our content as your own. Any link to our site should be a full forward link that passes the client browser to our site unencumbered. The BACK button should return the visitor to your site. Do not link to individual graphics or tables within our pages. Such an action may be considered a misuse of state resources.

Reciprocal links

The TEA Website does not enter into reciprocal link agreements. We provide links to sites that are appropriate to our mission. If we create a link to your site, you do not have to provide a link back to us. Of course, you are welcome to do so.

Mission and Purpose

The TEA website provides information about the agency and the state’s more than 8,000 public schools. It allows the public to directly access information about the performance of Texas schools.

Privacy  and Security

TEA maintains the TEA website as a public service. The following is the privacy policy for this site:

  • The TEA website does not require the use of cookie files or cookies to view public information. A cookie file is an electronic record containing information a web site can use to identify user sessions or to track such things as passwords, lists of pages visited, or the access date for a specific page. TEA applications that you log into from the web site may require cookies. TEA will only use information gathered through the use of cookies to display information to web users.
  • If you send us an electronic mail message or fill out a form that contains personally identifying information, we will only use this information to respond to your request and analyze trends. We may redirect your message to another government agency or person who is in a better position to answer your question. While doing this, we are bound by procedure to withhold your identifying information from the forwarded email. Instead, we may direct you to contact another agency or person.
  • For site management, we collect information for analysis and statistics. These statistics are used to assess what information is of most interest, determine technical design specifications, and identify system performance or problem areas. We do not report or use this information in any manner that would reveal personally identifiable information.
  • All information accessible to a state agency is presumed to be public, subject to specific exceptions in the Public Information Act (Chapter 552 of the Texas Government Code). Information submitted to TEA may be revealed if a request is made under that Act. Information that could identify an individual student is protected from public disclosure by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. Section 1232g. The agency will not release information that would identify an individual student except in conformance with that Act.

Web Accessibility Policy

Making websites accessible means building them in such a way that everyone can read and interact with them, including people with disabilities. Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Texas Administrative Code Chapters 206 and 213 provide standards for state website accessibility.

The Section 508 standards are currently being reviewed and updated to align with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 StandardExternal Website. It is TEA's policy to ensure that new and updated content complies with WCAG 2.0.

File Formats and Plug-ins: 

HTML  (HyperText Markup Language): The format for web pages. The majority of the content on the TEA site is in HTML format. This format is generally the most accessible for screen reader users. 

PDF (Portable Document Format): A universal file format that preserves the look and layout of a printed document. These files are accessible through a free viewer published by Adobe.  PDF files cannot be edited electronically.  Tagged PDF files are generally accessible via assistive technologies.

Microsoft Office, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel: Documents formatted in Microsoft Office 2007-2013 software. If you have an earlier version of MS Office you can access these files by downloading the Microsoft Compatibility Pack .

The site uses several techniques to improve accessibility for users with disabilities, some of whom may listen to the content of the site by using a screen reader. It provides equivalent text provided for images and other non-text elements. Header labels denote data tables. Color contrast is analyzed. Information is not conveyed solely through the visual interpretation of images.

If you find that any information on the TEA website is not accessible, you can request it in a format for assistive readers by contacting site administration. To help us respond in a helpful manner, please provide the following information:

  • The nature of your accessibility problem
  • The preferred format for the material
  • The Web address of the requested material
  • Your contact information
TEA also welcomes any comments on how to improve the site's accessibility for users with disabilities. If the format of any material on our Web site interferes with your ability to access the information, please contact us.

More information about accessibility programs in Texas is available from the Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities.

 

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