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Copyright and Terms of Service

Copyright © Texas Education Agency, 2010. The materials found on this website are copyrighted © and trademarked ™ as the property of the Texas Education Agency and may not be reproduced without the express written permission of the Texas Education Agency, except under the following conditions:

1) Texas public school districts, charter schools, and Education Service Centers may reproduce and use copies of the Materials and Related Materials for the districts’ and schools’ educational use without obtaining permission from the Texas Education Agency;

2) Residents of the state of Texas may reproduce and use copies of the Materials and Related Materials for individual personal use only without obtaining written permission of the Texas Education Agency;

3) Any portion reproduced must be reproduced in its entirety and remain unedited, unaltered and unchanged in any way;

4) No monetary charge can be made for the reproduced materials or any document containing them; however, a reasonable charge to cover only the cost of reproduction and distribution may be charged.

Private entities or persons located in Texas that are not Texas public school districts or Texas charter schools or any entity, whether public or private, educational or non-educational, located outside the state of Texas MUST obtain written approval from the Texas Education Agency and will be required to enter into a license agreement that may involve the payment of a licensing fee or a royalty fee.

Contact TEA Copyrights with any questions you may have.

Disclaimer

All of the information provided is believed to be accurate and reliable; however, TEA assumes no responsibility for any errors, appearing in rules or otherwise. Further, TEA assumes no responsibility for the use of the information provided. TEA specifically disclaims any and all liability for any claims or damages that may result from providing the information contained on the site, including any web sites maintained by third parties and linked to the TEA web site. The responsibility for content rests with the organizations that provide the information. The inclusion of links from this site does not imply endorsement by TEA. Specific questions regarding a document should be directed to the appropriate organization and not necessarily to the TEA Webmaster. TEA makes no effort to independently verify, and does not exert editorial control over, information on pages outside of the tea.state.tx.us domain.

Endorsements

TEA does not endorse any of the external products, vendors, consultants, or documentation referenced in this web site. Any mention of vendors, products, or services is for informational purposes only.

If there are any questions about endorsements or links, please contact TEA Web Administration.

HyperLinks

Any links outside the TEA web site are provided as a convenience to our viewers. Texas Education Agency (TEA) has no control over the content of these linked sites. TEA does not necessarily endorse any products or services sold by any of these linked sites. TEA will link to sites only if they are determined to be aligned with the agency's own goals and positions. If you discover an error on one of the sites, contact the webmaster of that linked site.

Linking to the TEA Web Site:

What you can do:

You do not need to get advance permission to link to the TEA web site us if you are making a simple link to the TEA homepage.

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 continuously verify your links to our sub pages.

What you should not do:

Please do not capture our pages within your frames, 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 if the visitor wishes to back out. You should not link to individual graphics or tables within our pages, especially in an effort to place the downloading burden on our servers. Such an action may be considered a misuse of state resources.

Reciprocal links

The TEA Web site does not enter into reciprocal link agreements. We provide links to sites that are appropriate to our mission. Our creation of a link to your site does not obligate you to provide a link back to us, but you are, of course, welcome to do so.

Mission and Purpose

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) web site is intended to serve as an official compilation of Texas Education Agency electronic resources and services and to provide a means of communication between TEA and the public. The site is organized around four audiences: school administrators, teachers, families and communities, and students. The design, layout, and contents of the TEA web site is the responsibility of TEA's Department of Information Systems and the TEA Web Improvement Group (TWIG). TWIG is a collaborative group comprised of TEA division webmasters.

Privacy  and Security

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) maintains the TEA web site as a public service. The following is the privacy policy for this site (all publicly accessible pages in the tea.state.tx.us domain):

The TEA web site will not require the use of cookie files or cookies to view public information. A cookie file is an electronic record containing unique information a web site can use to track such things as passwords; lists of pages visited; and the date when a specific page was accessed; or to identify a user session at a particular web site. A cookie is often used in commercial sites to identify the items selected for a specific shopping cart or web portal. The TEA website may require the use of cookies to facilitate applications that display user-specific web pages. Information gathered through the use of cookies will only be used by the TEA web site to facilitate the display of information to the web user.

If you send us an electronic mail message with a question or comment that contains personally identifying information, or fill out a form that transmits this information to us, we will only use the personally identifiable information to respond to your request and analyze trends. We may redirect the text of your message to another government agency or person who is in a better position to answer your question. While doing this, however, we are bound by procedure to withhold your identifying personal information from the forwarded email. We may direct you to personally contact another agency or person.

For site management functions, information is collected for analysis and statistical purposes. This information is not reported or used in any manner that would reveal personally identifiable information. We use log analysis tools to create summary statistics, which are used for purposes such as assessing what information is of most interest, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas.

Please be aware that 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 the agency may be revealed pursuant to a request 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 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 utilizes several assistive techniques and features designed to improve accessibility for users with disabilities, some of whom may listen to the content of the site by using a screen reader. A descriptive text equivalent is provided for images and other non-text elements. Header labels are utilized to denote data tables. Color contrast is studied and improved. Efforts are made to ensure no information is conveyed solely through the visual interpretation of images.

If you find that any information on the TEA website is not accessible, you can obtain it in an electronic format conducive to use by assistive readers such as JAWS by contacting site administration at webadmin1@tea.state.tx.us. To enable us to respond in a manner most helpful to you, please indicate the nature of your accessibility problem, the preferred format in which to receive the material, the Web address of the requested material, and your contact information.

TEA also welcomes any comments on how to improve the site's accessibility for users with disabilities. If you use assistive technology and the format of any material on our Web site interferes with your ability to access the information, please contact us..

Additional information about accessibility programs in Texas is available from the Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities at http://www.governor.state.tx.us/disabilities/.

 

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