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State Regulations and Influence on Education

Education and its regulation are a state’s right. The major influences on all aspects of public education resides at the state level. The state legislature mandates statutes (laws) that must be followed by all involved in Texas Education. Overseeing the implementation of the legislature’s demands is the elected State Board of Education. The Governor of the state appoints the chair from this elected group. The working group that prepares all materials that emanate from legislation is the Texas Education Agency (TEA). This group develops the rules that conform to the legislative intent, The Texas Administrative Code. The chief education officer of the state heads the TEA and is appointed by the governor. The staff is responsible for curriculum, assessment, certification, federal programs, state programs, and all else that relates to education. It also administers and reports all federal accountability measures, grants, awards, and special programs. A separate board oversees teacher certification rules. The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) is responsible for all matter relating to certification of educators. The State Board of Education has nominal      oversight over SBEC.   

Texas Education Agency

State Board of Education

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State Statutes  and Texas Administrative Code 


Commissioner Rules

State Curriculum for Public Schools – Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills

Public School Assessment – STAAR

State Board for Educator Certification

Educator Standards

Certification Assessment – TExES

Local Control – The Independent District School Board