Chief Academic Officer July Bulletin

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Texas Education Agency

Chief Academic Officers

 Office of Academics 

July 5th, 2018

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Welcome to this month’s update curated for district Chief Academic Officers.

Competitive Letters of Interest for New GEAR UP

TEA is pleased to announce a grant opportunity for local education agencies to participate in Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP). These grants are scheduled to be awarded for implementation in the fall of the 2018-2019 school year. Selected grantees will be awarded up to $350,000 the first year; grantees who successfully carry out grant requirements will be awarded up to seven annual grants starting Fall 2018 and ending Fall 2024.


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Special Education Network Videos

As noted in the Special Education Strategic Plan, there will be 10 new statewide networks beginning with the 2019-2020 school year. TEA has created videos to provide an overview of the 10 networks. 

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Updated High-Quality PreK Program Guidance

The General Appropriations Act, Article III, Rider 78, was passed by the 85th Texas Legislature. Rider 78 ensures that state-funded prekindergarten programs implement high-quality prekindergarten consistent with the High-Quality Prekindergarten program requirements in Texas Education Code (TEC) §29.167 – 29.171 and consistent with the provisions of TEC Chapters 41 and 42. The guidance documents for the components in Rider 78 have been updated.


Read the Guidance


STAAR Analytic Portal Updated

The STAAR Analytic Portal has been updated and campus, district, and region summary reports for all spring 2018 administrations can now be accessed. Results for the spring 2018 grades 3–8 and EOC administrations are now available. 

Explore the Portal


2018 Accountability Manual

The 2018 Accountability Manual is currently in development. Chapter 10 is in the June 8, 2018, edition of the Texas Register. Comments about Chapter 10 may be submitted until 5:00 p.m. CDT on Monday, July 9, 2018. According to the administrative rulemaking timeline, Chapters 1–10 are scheduled to be effective by August 14, 2018.


Read the Manual