The Texas Education Agency uses many
acronyms in its publications and rules. This glossary is a comprehensive list of
TEA acronyms and their definitions. If an acronym is missing from this
glossary, please contact us at WebPostings@tea.texas.gov and include the acronym and where you found it in the body of your email.
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AAR (Academic Achievement Record)
transcript of academic achievement of students who have completed a
minimum, recommended, advanced (distinguished) or foundation high school program.
School districts are required to maintain these records.
ABE (Adult Basic Education)
programs that provide English language proficiency, basic academic and
literacy functional skills, and high school equivalency for
out-of-school youth and adults. ABE is for individuals who are beyond
the age of compulsory school attendance and who function at less than a
high school completion level.
ACES (Adult and Community Education System)
historical data base used for federal reporting from 1999 to 2004. ACES
is no longer active and has been replaced with TEAMS (Texas Educating
Adults Management System). TEAMS is the current web-based management
information system for adult education in Texas. The system is made up
of data collected according to state and federal definitions, entered by
local Adult Education providers who receive state and federal adult
education funds. Adult education services are provided to persons beyond
compulsory education (adults) who need adult basic education and do not
have a high school diploma or need to learn to speak English. TEAMS
produces adult education state and federal reports.
A college entrance examination administered by ACT, Inc.
ADA (Average Daily Attendance)
The number of students attending school on an average day. School districts receive funding based on ADA calculations.
AED (Automated External Defibrillators)
computerized medical device that can check a person’s heart rhythm and
determine if it requires a shock. The AED uses voice prompts, lights and
text messages to tell the rescuer the steps to take. (American Heart
AEIS (Academic Excellence Indicator System)
system that pulls together a wide range of information on the
performance of students in each school and district in Texas every year.
This information is put into the annual AEIS reports, which are
released each fall.
AMAO (Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives)
are used in holding Title III-funded local education agencies
accountable for their English language learners’ development and
attainment of English proficiency while meeting state academic content
and achievement standards
AP (Advanced Placement)
program, administered by the College Board, that offers students the
opportunity to take one or more advanced level courses and examinations
from six academic areas: arts, English, history and social sciences,
mathematics and computer science, sciences and world languages
ARD (Admission, Review, and Dismissal)
An ARD committee makes an initial assessment about a student's eligibility for special education services and continues to make most of the major decisions about that student's individualized educational program. If an ARD committee is formed for your child, you will be a member of that committee.
ASF (Available School Fund)
fund primarily made up of revenue generated by the state’s fuel tax and
by the Permanent School Fund. Each Texas school district is entitled to
receive payments from the ASF.
ASKTED (Texas Education Directory)
interactive, web-based application that enables all Texas school
districts to update district personnel contact data as well as district
and campus organizational data. All of the data are publicly available
for download, and a compilation of the information, known as the Texas
School Directory, is published annually on the TEA website.
BTIM (Beginning Teacher Induction Mentoring program)
designed to increase retention of beginning teachers. Under the Texas
Education Code, public school districts and open enrollment charter
schools may assign a qualified mentor teacher to each classroom teacher
who has less than two years of teaching experience in a subject area or
CCLC (21st Century Community Learning Centers)
A federally funded out-of-school time initiative that serves as a supplementary program to complement regular academic programs. This program is designed to
enhance local reform efforts by assisting students in meeting academic
standards in the core subjects. Also known as Texas Afterschool Centers
on Education, or Texas ACE, the program serves students and their
families by offering an array of academic assistance, enrichment, family
and parental support services, and college and workforce readiness
CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers)
nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who
head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states,
the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity,
and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions.
CIRCLE (Center for Improving the Readiness of Children for Reading and Education)
center actively involved in numerous research, community programs and
training activities designed to promote quality learning environments
for young children. It is located at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHSC-H).
CIS (Communities In Schools)
stay-in-school program sponsored by the Texas Legislature. CIS uses a
case management model to prevent dropouts, help students stay in school,
learn successfully, and prepare for life
CLEP (College-Level Examination Program)
program, administered by the College Board, that gives students the
opportunity to receive college credit for what they already know by
earning qualifying scores on any of 34 examinations
CRT (Criterion Referenced Test)
that determine whether examinees have achieved a predetermined level of
mastery of a skill or knowledge of a specific content area
CSH (Coordinated School Health)
systemic approach to advancing student academic performance by
promoting, practicing and coordinating school health education and
services. The approach is designed to help students establish healthy
behaviors that will last their lifetime.
CSTS (Charter Schools Tracking System)
computer application designed to collect and report information related
to Charter Schools. TEA employees use the application to respond to
inquiries, maintain and update information, generate accurate and
up-to-date reports, and share information with other applications.
DAP (Distinguished Achievement Program)
program that requires that, in addition to specific course
requirements, students successfully complete any combination of four
advanced measures that focus on demonstrated student performance at the
college level or work equivalent to that done by professionals in the
arts, sciences, business, industry or in community service
DGB (Data Governance Board)
board that controls data usage. It conducts a sunset review each
even-numbered year of all campus and district data collections required
by TEA to determine whether the collections are still needed and to
eliminate those that are not (TEC
§7.060). Made up of staff from
across the agency, the committee also reviews requests for new campus or
district data collections. DGB ensures that multiple requests for the
same data are not made of campuses and districts and that data collected
from campuses and districts are required by state or federal statute or
mandate. In addition, DGB reviews any new or amended rules proposed by
the commissioner of education, State Board of Education, or State Board
for Educator Certification for data implications.
DATE (District Awards for Teacher Excellence)
program that allows school districts to create or continue a system of
awards for educators who demonstrate success in student achievement
EDA (Existing Debt Allotment)
A program that provides funding to school districts for debt service payments on eligible bonded debt
A web-based software application that provides a resource for Texas school regions, districts and campuses to submit their PEIMS
data via the Internet. EDIT+ offers an interface for users to transfer
PEIMS data files to TEA, validate the data, then generate reports. TEA
uses PEIMS data to determine funding and accountability for each campus,
along with providing data to TEA’s Pre-Kindergarten-16 Public Education
Information Resource Data Warehouse.
EEO (Equal Educational Opportunity)
An act that prohibits
specific discriminatory conduct, including segregating students on the
basis of race, color or national origin, and discrimination against
faculty and staff. The Equal
Educational Opportunity Act of 1974 also requires school districts to
take action to overcome students' language barriers that impede equal
participation in educational programs.
EMAT (Educational Materials Online)
multipurpose web-based application that automates many of the processes
involving the ordering, shipping, warehousing, redistribution and
payment for state-adopted instructional materials requisitioned online
by school districts and charter schools. Major users include textbook
coordinators at school districts and charter schools, agency
instructional materials and accounts payable staff, publisher
depositories, freight carriers and express delivery companies, Braille
and large type textbook producers, and publishing company sales staff.
ER (Expenditure Reporting)
A web-based system for expenditure
reporting. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) uses this system for
recipients of both formula and discretionary grants to submit requests
for reimbursement. Users are able to access "real-time" information on
the status of their payments and have access to comments TEA makes with
regard to particular payments requests.
ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act)
federal law passed in 1965 that funded primary and secondary education.
The act was reauthorized by Congress multiple times after its enactment
and in 2001 was renamed the No Child Left Behind Act. This major education law is now being referred to as ESEA once again.
ESY (Extended School Year)
instructional programs provided beyond the regular school year for
eligible students with disabilities under IDEA.
ETAC (Education Technology Advisory Committee)
committee established by the Texas Legislature that works to increase
the equity, efficiency and effectiveness of student learning,
instructional management, staff development and administration. The
committee is charged with recommending state and federal legislation as
well as strategies for implementation of the Long-Range Plan for
EVI (Education Material for the Visually Impaired)
This is part of the online instructional materials ordering system known as EMAT. Districts are able to order Braille, large type or audio copies of adopted instructional material through this system.
FASRG (Financial Accountability System Resource Guide)
official Texas Education Publication that describes the rules for
financial accounting for charter schools, education service centers, and
FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)
federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.
Parents have a right of access to their children's education records.
When a student turns 18 or enters college, the rights under FERPA
transfer to the student.
FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas)
rating for a school district. It is based on the district's overall
performance on certain financial measurements, ratios, and other
indicators that are established by the commissioner of education.
(FSP) Foundation School Program
state program that establishes the amount of state and local funding
due to school districts under the Texas school finance law.
Full-Time Equivalent (FTE)
This term refers to a full-time employee. When calculating the number of staff members employed by a district, for example, two half-time employees would equal one full-time equivalent employee.
GED (General Educational Development)
high school equivalency program. Individuals who pass the exam earn a
high school equivalency diploma. The GED tests cover five subjects:
math, science, social studies, writing and reading.
GEEG (Governor’s Educator Excellence Grant)
grant program that was federally and state funded. It provided
three-year grants to schools to design and implement teacher performance
pay plans from the 2005-06 to 2007-08 school years. GEEG was
implemented in 99 high-poverty, high-performing Texas public schools.
IB (International Baccalaureate)
nonprofit educational foundation that offers three programs for
students aged 3 to 19 to help develop the intellectual, personal,
emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly
IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act)
law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the
nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early
intervention, special education and related services to eligible
infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.
IFA (Instructional Facilities Allotment)
allotment that provides funding to school districts for payments on
debt service for the purchase, construction, renovation and expansion of
IHE (Institute of Higher Education)
A college or university
ISP (Intensive Summer Program)
program that provides intensive academic instruction during the summer
semester to promote post-secondary success for middle school and high
school students identified as being at risk of dropping out of school
LEA (Local Educational Agencies)
A public school district, open-enrollment charter school or regional education service center
Limited English Proficient (LEP) Student Success Initiative
initiative that provides intensive programs of instruction for students
with limited English proficiency. It also provides training materials
and other resources to assist teachers in developing the expertise
required to enable students of LEP to meet state performance standards.
LFA (Local Fund Assignment)
portion of school districts' Tier I entitlement under the Foundation
School Program, which the districts are responsible for funding. Tier I
is made up of several allotments, including those for basic education,
special education, career and technical education and other programs.
MIC (Mathematics Instructional Coaches Pilot Program)
program that provides assistance in developing the content knowledge
and instructional expertise of secondary mathematics teachers. To be
eligible for the program, districts must have a high percent of students
who are economically disadvantaged or a low percentage of students who
meet standards on the mathematics Texas Assessment of Knowledge and
MOE (Maintenance of Effort)
federal fiscal requirement applicable to grant programs funded
according to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the No
Child Left Behind Act. These federal laws require local education
agencies to maintain fiscal effort for general and special education.
MOU (Memorandum of Understanding)
A document that expresses mutual accord on an issue between two or more parties
MRT (Master Reading Teacher)
Reading teachers who mentor other teachers as they meet the diverse reading needs of their students
NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress)
program of the U.S. Department of Education known as the "nation's
report card." It provides information on state and national student
achievement and achievement changes over time.
NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling)
organization of more than 10,000 secondary school counselors,
independent counselors, college admission and financial aid officers,
enrollment managers and organizations who guide students through the
secondary-to- higher-education transition process. This organization was founded in 1937.
NBPTS (National Board of Professional Teaching Standards)
nonprofit, nongovernmental organization whose mission is to improve the
quality of teaching and learning. NBPTS is designed for teachers
seeking a national certification.
NCLB (No Child Left Behind)
program passed in 2001 that supports standards-based education reform.
The act requires states to develop assessments in basic skills to be
given to all students in certain grades, if those states are to receive
federal funding for schools. The act does not assert a national
achievement standard; standards are set by each individual state.
NHR (National Honor Roll)
organization that recognizes high school and middle school students for
exceptional academic success. To be included, students must provide the
National Honor Roll with detailed information about their
accomplishments and extracurricular activities.
NHS (National Honor Society), NJHS (National Junior Honor Society)
organizations established to recognize academic achievement,
leadership, service and character in high school and middle level
NIFA (New Instructional Facility Allotment)
An allotment that provides operational expenses associated with the opening of a new instructional facility
NMSC (National Merit Scholarship Corporation)
independent, not-for-profit organization that conducts the National
Merit® Scholarship Program and the National Achievement® Scholarship
Program - annual competitions for recognition and college undergraduate
scholarships. This organization was established in 1955.
OCR (Office for Civil Rights)
USDE agency that works to ensure equal access to education and to
promote educational excellence throughout the nation through enforcement
of civil rights
OEYP (Optional Extended Year Program)
program that provides extended-day, extended-week or extended-year
grants for students at risk of not being promoted to the next grade or
at risk of not graduating from high school. OEYP works to increase
academic skills and reduce student grade level retention.
PBMAS (Performance Based Monitoring Analysis System)
automated data system that reports annually on the performance of
school districts and charter schools in selected program areas
(bilingual education/English as a second language, career and technical
education, special education, and certain title programs under NCLB)
PDF (Portable Document Format)
A format for documents that lets users capture and view information from almost any application and on any computer system. This format was invented by Adobe Systems.
PEIMS (Public Education Information Management System)
application that encompasses all data requested and received by TEA
about public education, including student demographic and academic
performance, personnel, financial, and organizational information
PGA (Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Grant Application)
federal grant administered by the Division of Formula Funding per the
Perkins Act of 2006: PL 109-270. All districts are eligible to apply for
these funds to support Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.
PEG (Public Education Grant)
program that permits parents whose children attend under-performing
schools to request a transfer of their children to schools in other
districts. A list of PEG-designated schools is provided to districts
annually. By February 1, districts must notify each parent of a student
in the district assigned to attend a school on the PEG list. Based on
the February list, parents may request a transfer for the following
PIA (Public Information Act)
Texas state law that gives the public access to government records. All
government information, with certain exceptions, is presumed to be
available to the public.
PID (Person Identification Database)
system used by TEA to manage and store identifying information on
students and teachers in the Public Education Information Management
System (PEIMS). The purpose of the PID system is to ensure that each
time data are collected for the same individual, certain pieces of basic
identifying information match.
PKES (Prekindergarten Early Start Grant)
grant that provides funds to school districts and open-enrollment
charter schools to prepare students to enter kindergarten on or above
PKG (Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines)
Guidelines developed to help educators provide all preschool children with the proper foundations for school success
PSF (Permanent School Fund)
fund created with a $2 million appropriation by the Texas Legislature
in 1854 expressly for the benefit of the public schools of Texas. The
Constitution of 1876 stipulated that certain lands and all proceeds from
the sale of these lands should also constitute the PSF.
RFP (Request for Proposals)
competitive solicitation method used for highly technical or
specialized services. It is generally used when there is no direct legal
authority to acquire services exceeding $25,000.
RFQ (Request for Qualifications)
competitive solicitation document requesting submission of
qualifications or specialized expertise in response to the scope of
RFO (Request for Offer)
solicitation for computer-related products or services exceeding $5,000
requesting the submission of an offer in response to the required scope
of services, including a cost proposal
RFI (Request for Information)
general invitation to contractors requesting information for a
potential future agency solicitation. The RFI is typically used as a
research and information-gathering tool for preparation of a
RFA (Request for Application)
An application for a grant. It is used usually used for school districts or open-enrollment charter school grants.
RTI (Response to Intervention)
practice of meeting the academic and behavioral needs of all students
through high-quality instruction and scientific research-based tiered
interventions, frequent monitoring of student progress, and application
of student response data.
SAI (Special Accreditation Investigation)
accreditation investigation in response to conflict between members of
the board of trustees or between the board and district administration
that may be authorized by the commissioner of education if it appears
the conflict involves a violation of the statutory duties of the board
members or the administration. The investigation involves agency staff
reviewing a district’s or charter’s accountability and performance
measures. This investigation is authorized under Texas state law.
A college entrance examination administered by the College Board
SBEC (State Board for Educator Certification)
state board that provides certification testing for educators,
investigates allegations of educator misconduct, assists colleges,
universities and alternative programs in developing and implementing
teacher certification training programs, and ensures the quality of
SBOE (State Board of Education)
state board comprising 15 elected members from districts throughout the
state that establishes policy and provides leadership for the Texas
public school system. The board sets curriculum standards, determines
passing scores for state-mandated assessment tests, and oversees the
investment of the Permanent School Fund.
SCE (State Compensatory Education)
and/or services designed to supplement the regular education program for
students identified as at risk of dropping out of school
SENS (Statewide Education Notification System)
information delivery system that provides critical and time-sensitive
information from TEA to ESCs, school districts, charter schools and
other organizations through email, phone, voice mail, and pagers.
SES (Supplemental Educational Services)
academic instruction designed to increase the academic achievement of
students in campuses needing improvement. These services may include
tutoring, remediation and other educational interventions.
SHARS (School Health & Related Services)
Medicaid financing program that is a joint effort of TEA and the Texas
Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). SHARS allows local school
districts and shared services arrangements to obtain Medicaid
reimbursement for certain health-related services provided to students
in special education.
SIP (School Improvement Program)
program that provides supplemental funds to Title I campuses that fail
to make adequate yearly progress (AYP) for two or more consecutive
years. Funds are used to improve student achievement.
SRCS (School Readiness Certification System)STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness)
system used to determine the effectiveness of prekindergarten, Head
Start, and community-based child care programs in preparing children for
series of state-mandated standardized tests given to Texas public
school students in grades 3-8 and those enrolled in five specific high
school courses. First given in spring 2012, STAAR is based on the
state's curriculum standards called the Texas Essential Knowledge and
TAAS (Texas Assessment of Academic Skills)
The student assessment system from 1990-2002. It was replaced by the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS).
TAC (Texas Administrative Code)
compilation of all state agency rules in Texas. These rules are
collected and published by the Office of the Secretary of State. There
are 16 titles in the TAC. Each title represents a subject category, and
related agencies are assigned to the appropriate title. State Board of
Education and Commissioner of Education Rules are codified in the TAC
under Title 19, Education, Part 2, Texas Education Agency. State Board
for Educator Certification Rules are codified in the TAC under Title 19,
Education, Part 7, State Board for Educator Certification.
TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills)
achievement tests designed to measure the extent to which a student has
learned and is able to apply the defined knowledge and skills at each
tested grade level. The TAKS program was launched in 2003 and was
replaced by the STAAR (State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness)
program beginning in 2012.
TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)
federal program that provides financial and medical assistance to needy
dependent children and the parents or relatives with whom they are
TAP (Teacher Advancement Program)
comprehensive strategy to attract, develop, motivate and retain
high-quality teachers by providing multiple career options for classroom
teachers. The program provides ongoing training, instructionally
focused accountability, salary increases based on teacher’s duties, and
bonuses to teachers based on teacher and student performance.
TAPR (Texas Academic Performance Reports)
An annual statistical report produced each fall that contains a wide range of information about student performance, school and district staffing, programs, and student demographics. TAPR replaced the Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS) report in the 2012-2013 school year.
TCDD (Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities)
27-member board dedicated to ensuring that all Texans with
developmental disabilities have the opportunity to be independent,
productive and valued members of their communities. Using a variety of
methods, the Council works to ensure that the service delivery system
provides comprehensive services and supports that meet people's needs,
are easy to access, and are cost effective.
TCER (Texas Center for Educational Research)
center that provides original, nonpartisan educational research and
evaluation to policymakers, state agencies, nonprofit education
organizations, and school districts
TEA (Texas Education Agency)
Texas agency that provides leadership, guidance, and resources to help
schools meet the educational needs of all students. Located in Austin,
Texas, TEA is the administrative unit for primary and secondary public
education. Under the leadership of the commissioner of education, the
agency 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.
TEAMS (Texas Educating Adults Management System)
current web-based management information system for adult education in
Texas. The system is made up of data collected according state and
federal definitions and is entered by local Adult Education providers
who receive state and federal adult education funds. Adult education
services are provided to persons beyond compulsory education (adults)
who need adult basic education and do not have a high school diploma or
need to learn to speak English. TEAMS produces adult education state and
TEC (Texas Education Code)
set of the state statutes (laws) governing public education in Texas.
It applies to all educational institutions supported in whole or in part
by state tax funds, unless specifically excluded by the code. The TEC
directs the goals and framework of public education in Texas. It is
established by the Texas Legislature.
TED (Texas Education Directory)
online Texas Education Directory. TEA employees, school districts, and
the general public use AskTED to find contact information and create
mailing labels for Texas public schools, districts and education service
TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills)
State educational standards for what students should know and be able to do from prekindergarten through high school
TELPAS (Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System)
An assessment for the progress limited English proficient (LEP) students make in learning the English language
THEA (Texas Higher Education Assessment)
test that assesses the reading, mathematics, and writing skills that
entering freshman-level students should have if they are to perform
effectively in undergraduate certificate or degree programs in Texas
public colleges or universities
THECB (Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board)
board created by the Texas Legislature in 1965 to "provide leadership
and coordination for the Texas higher education system to achieve
excellence for the college education of Texas students." The
Coordinating Board meets quarterly in Austin.
TIP (Technology Immersion Pilot)
1:1 computing initiative that built a model for using immersion
technology that is replicable, encompasses all the tools needed in a
21st Century Learning environment, and promotes engagement and anytime,
anywhere learning for both students and teachers. The Texas Education
Agency provides leadership and senior management of TIP in collaboration
with school district, consulting, communications, research and
evaluation, and vendor partners.
TOY (Teacher of the Year)
highest honor that the state of Texas can bestow upon a teacher.
Facilitated by the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Teacher of the Year
Program annually recognizes and rewards teachers who have demonstrated
outstanding leadership and excellence in teaching. Winners are chosen
from representatives of each of the 20 Regional Education Service
TPEIR (Texas PK-16 Public Education Information Resource)
resource that provides stakeholders in public education - including
administrators, educators, state leadership, researchers, and
professional organizations - with access to public primary, secondary,
and higher education information for purposes of research, planning,
policy development, and decision-making
TPM (Texas Projection Measure)
measure for the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) that
estimates whether a student is likely to pass TAKS assessments at a
future grade (grades 5, 7 [writing only], 8, or 11). This measure is
based on three pieces of data: (1) the student’s current performance on
TAKS, (2) the student’s previous-year performance in the subject of
interest, and (3) the TAKS scores of all students on the campus that the
TREx (Texas Record Exchange)
web-based software application designed for the exchange of electronic
student records as mandated by the 79th Legislature, 3rd Called Session,
2006 (House Bill 1). By using the TREx application, school registrars
can electronically request and receive student records for students who
have attended or will be attending Texas public schools. High school
registrars and counselors also can electronically create and send
official student transcripts to Texas public colleges and universities,
using TREx to access the University of Texas (UT) SPEEDE server.
TSD (Texas School for the Deaf)
school for students who are deaf and hard of hearing. It serves as a
resource center on deafness for students, parents, professionals and
TSBVI (Texas School for the Visually Impaired)
special public school in the continuum of statewide placements for
students who have a visual impairment. It is also a statewide resource
for parents of these children and professionals who serve them.
Students, ages 6 through 21, who are blind, deaf blind, or visually
impaired, including those with additional disabilities, are eligible for
consideration for services at TSBVI.
TSII (Texas School Improvement Initiative)
state-wide educational leadership network of school district
representatives trained in effective school practices: practitioners
with expertise in analyzing student outcomes, planning, decision making,
and program evaluation
TSR! (Texas School Ready!)
program (formerly known as TEEM-Texas Early Education Model) that is a
high-quality early childhood model, based on proven school readiness
T-STEM (Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Initiative)
initiative that includes academies, professional development centers
and a network all designed to improve instruction and academic
performance in science- and mathematics-related subjects at secondary
TXPEP (Texas Principal Excellence Program)
self-paced professional development program for principals and aspiring
principals in school districts and charter schools. The objective is to
enhance individual leadership skills of participants by providing both
business management and educational administration professional
TxVSN (Texas Virtual School Network)
network that provides Texas public school students access to online
courses that align with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills
UIL (University Interscholastic League)
league created by The University of Texas at Austin to provide
educational extracurricular academic, athletic, and music contests. UIL
organizes and supervises contests that assist in preparing students for
WADA (Weighted Average Daily Attendance)
weighted average daily attendance figure used in several state funding
formulas to calculate the amount of state and local funds to which a
district is entitled
WebER (Web Expenditure Reporting)
A web-based system for expenditure
reporting now referred to as Expenditure Reporting (ER). The Texas
Education Agency (TEA) uses this system for recipients of both formula
and discretionary grants to submit requests for reimbursement. Users are
able to access "real-time" information on the status of their payments
and have access to comments TEA makes with regard to particular payments