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Mission

The mission of the Texas Education Agency (TEA) is to provide leadership, guidance, and resources to help schools meet the educational needs of all students.

Composition

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is comprised of the commissioner of education and agency staff. The TEA and the State Board of Education (SBOE) guide and monitor activities and programs related to public education in Texas. The SBOE consists of 15 elected members representing different regions of the state. One member is appointed chair by the governor.

Roles & Responsibilities

Located in Austin, Texas at 1701 N. Congress Ave., the TEA is the administrative unit for primary and secondary public education. Under the leadership of the commissioner of education, the TEA:

  • 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.

The TEA operational costs are supported by both state and federal funds.

Support for Service-Learning

The TEA has been the official grantee (grant recipient) of the Learn and Serve America School-Based Formula Grant in Texas since 1992. From 1992 to 1996, the Learn and Serve America program was housed at the TEA. In 1996, program management was transferred to Region 14 Education Service Center while fiscal management remained with the TEA.

Since then the TEA has continued to support the Learn and Serve America School-Based Formula grant in addition to approving successful applications for Learn and Serve America School-Based Competitive grants and the Title IV Community Service Grant. Representatives from the Division of Education Service Center Support at the TEA meet regularly with the leadership of Region 14 ESC and Service Learning Texas to review progress and share information to help support service-learning in our great state.