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.
- 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.
The adopted 2015-2016 Student Attendance Accounting Handbook (SAAH) and an updated change document has been added to the table below. Throughout the SAAH, the agency has converted references to school days to minutes in accordance with House Bill 2610 of the 84th Texas Legislature, 2015.
|Student Attendance Accounting Handbook||Word Version||PDF Version||SAAH Change Document||Word Version||PDF Version|
|2015–2016 Handbook, Adopted||Word 714 KB||PDF 4270 KB||2015–2016 Change Document||N/A||PDF 448 KB|
|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||2009–2010 Change Document Version 2 ||Word 487 KB||PDF 484 KB|
SAAH Presentations, Trainings, and Webinars
The Financial Accountability Division held a 2014–2015 SAAH Webinar Training on November 5, 2014. Below are slides for the webinar and a link to the archived webinar. If you have difficulty viewing the presentation please download the software at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/codec?Portal=www.gotomeeting.com.
|Presentation Title||Presenter(s)||PowerPoint Version||PDF Version|
|2014-2015 Student Attendance Accounting Handbook Training ||Yolanda Walker, Financial Analyst / Chanda Williams, Financial Analyst||PowerPoint 1,366 KB||PDF 2,002 KB|
Archived Presentation: 2014-2015 Student Attendance Accounting Handbook Training, https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/522895546.
The Financial Accountability Division
held a 2013–2014 SAAH Webinar Training on September 10, 2013. Following
are links to the 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
Following are additional resources related to the SAAH: