State law requires every Texas school district to adopt an attendance accounting system that includes procedures to ensure the accurate recording and reporting of student attendance data. The Student Attendance Accounting Handbook (SAAH) contains the official attendance accounting requirements that all public school districts and open-enrollment charter schools in Texas must meet. The agency collects student attendance data primarily to ensure that Foundation School Program (FSP) funds can be correctly allocated to Texas’s public schools.

The SAAH:

  • describes the FSP eligibility requirements for all students,
  • prescribes the minimum standards for all attendance accounting systems,
  • lists the documentation requirements for attendance audit purposes, and
  • details the responsibilities of all district personnel involved in student attendance accounting.

Student Attendance Accounting Handbook Word Version PDF Version SAAH Change Document Word Version PDF Version
2014–2015 Handbook Word 692 KB PDF 2394 KB 2014–2015 Change Document N/A PDF 1,784 KB
2013–2014 Handbook Word 2,317 KB PDF 1,725 KB 2013–2014 Change Document Word 209 KB PDF 778 KB
2012–2013 Handbook Word 2,696 KB PDF 1,761 KB  2012–2013 Change Document Word 1,028 KB PDF 1,169 KB
2011–2012 Handbook Version 2  Word 2,438 KB PDF 1,547 KB 2011–2012 Change Document Version 2  Word 197 KB PDF 472 KB
2011–2012 Handbook  Word 2,260 KB PDF 1,547 KB 2011–2012 Change Document  Word 838 KB PDF 839 KB
2010–2011 Handbook Version 2  Word 2,297 KB PDF 3,635 KB 2010–2011 Change Document Version 2   Word 81 KB PDF 81 KB
2010–2011 Handbook  Word 2,289 KB PDF 3,594 KB 20092010 Change Document Version 2  Word 487 KB PDF 484 KB

 

SAAH Presentations, Trainings, and Webinars

The Financial Accountability Division held a 2013–2014 SAAH Webinar Training on September 10, 2013. Following are links to a recording of the webinar and webinar slides:

SAAH Texas Administrative Code Rules

Commissioner of Education Rule:

 19 Texas Administrative Code §129.1025, Adoption by Reference: Student Attendance Accounting Handbook 

State Board of Education Rules:

 19 Texas Administrative Code §129.1, Free Attendance in General

 19 Texas Administrative Code §129.21, Requirements for Student Attendance Accounting for State Funding Purposes  

Additional Resources

Following are additional resources related to the SAAH:


For more information, contact:

Belinda Dyer
Financial Accountability Division
(512) 475-3451
belinda.dyer@tea.state.tx.us

 

 

 

  

September 15, 2014

Fifteen Texans to receive SBOE Hero for Children Award

 The State Board of Education (SBOE) announced today that 15 Texans who provide hundreds of hoursof volunteer service to Texas public schools will be honored with the Heroes for Children award at the SBOE meeting on Friday, Sept. 19. 

September 10, 2014

TEA to apply for federal preschool expansion grant

 Commissioner of Education Michael Williams notified the U.S. Department of Education that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) will submit an application for a federal preschool expansion grant.  The grant could be valued at as much as $30 million per year for four years.

September 10, 2014

September SBOE agenda posted online

The State Board of Education will meet in Austin Sept. 16-19. The full agenda is available online.

September 05, 2014

TEA releases 2013-2014 financial accountability ratings

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) today released financial accountability ratings for more than 1,200 school districts and charters across the state. The 2013-2014 ratings are based on annual financial reports provided to TEA by districts and charters from the 2012-2013 school year.  For 2013-2014, approximately 95 percent of Texas school districts passed with a FIRST rating of Standard or above.