The Texas Virtual School
Network (TxVSN) provides Texas students and schools with equitable access to
quality online courses and instructors. It is a valuable resource for
interactive, collaborative, instructor-led online courses taught by state-certified
and appropriately credentialed teachers trained in effective online instruction.
TEA under the leadership of the commissioner of education,
administers the TxVSN, sets standards for and approves TxVSN courses and
professional development for online teachers, and has fiscal responsibility for
the network. Education Service Center (ESC) Region 10 oversees the day-to-day
operations of the TxVSN network. The TxVSN is made up of two components—the
TxVSN statewide catalog of supplemental high school courses and the full-time TxVSN
online schools program.
Statewide Supplemental Course Catalog
The TxVSN statewide
course catalog provides supplemental online courses for high school graduation
to public school age students. The catalog offers students across the state
opportunities to enroll in high school, Advanced Placement, and dual-credit
courses offered through the network by approved providers. The TxVSN catalog
works in partnership with public schools to meet the needs of students. To view
available courses, visit the TxVSN online course catalog. To learn more, visit the TxVSN website.
Full-Time Online Schools Program
The TxVSN Online Schools (OLS) program offers free, full-time virtual instruction to eligible Texas public school students in grades 3-12 who enroll in one of the six TEA-accredited public schools approved to participate in the program. Instruction provided through the TxVSN OLS is 100 percent virtual. Students in the program are not required to be physically present on campus during instruction.
All courses offered through the TxVSN must meet the state curriculum requirements, known as the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills or TEKS, and the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) National Standards of Quality for Online Courses (outside source). Courses are also reviewed for alignment with accessibility standards (PDF, 232.02 KB). TxVSN courses are taught by teachers who are Texas-certified in the content area and grade level of the course or meet the credentialing requirements of the associated institution of higher education. They are also trained in best practices for delivering online instruction. Students do not need to be physically present at school during instruction of TxVSN courses.
State Law and Rule for
See the following links for the law and rule about TXVSN:
Law—Texas Education Code
(TEC), Chapter 30A
Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 70, Technology-Based Instruction, SubchapterAA