State Waivers Unit

The State Waivers Unit of the Texas Education Agency is responsible for the coordination of expedited and general state waivers and class size exceptions. See Texas Education Code (TEC) §7.056, Waivers & Exemptions, for rules.

2017-2018 Applications will be available on the following dates:

General & Expedited        July 10, 2017
Attendance (Missed School Day, Low Attendance)       August 1, 2017
Class SizeSeptember 1, 2017

Please note that once the new waiver year opens, the current 2016-2017 year waivers are no longer available.

Waiver Application Enhancements

The waiver system has moved to a new look and more user friendly application. The switch over to the new application took place on June 28, 2017 and is still accepting 2016-2017 waiver applications. The 2017-2018 general waiver application is anticipated to open on July 10, 2017.

This TEA Waiver Quick Reference Video Tutorial will guide users through the enhanced system and highlight new features.

Waiver Categories

Most waiver types are placed into one of four categories:

  • Expedited Waivers  are waivers that require basic information from the district.
  • General Waivers are waivers that require detailed information surrounding the district's waiver request.
  • Attendance Waivers include Missed Instructional Days and Low Attendance Days waivers. The district or campus can request a waiver for excused absences if instructional days are missed or if attendance is low due to weather, health, or safety issues. 
  • Maximum Class Size Exception is required under the provision of TEC §25.112 if any class for grades K-4 exceeds the allowable class size limit of 22 students per class (22:1). An exemption expires at the end of the school year for which it is granted.
  • Other Waivers are specific requests that do not fall under any of the above categories.

Waiver Types

This table shows the different waiver types and links to their description:

ExpeditedGeneralAttendance
Staff Development Conference WaiverCourse Requirement WaiverMissed School Days
Staff Development General WaiverCertification Teacher WaiverLow Attendance Days
Staff Development Reading/English Language Arts WaiverCourse Requirement Career and Technical Education (CTE) Waiver 
Staff Development Mathematics WaiverCertification for Superintendent Waiver 
Staff Development Science WaiverPregnancy Related Services On-Campus (CEH) Waiver 
Staff Development Social Studies WaiverForeign Exchange Student (Less than 5) Waiver 
Early Release WaiverOther Specific Waivers 
Modified Schedule State Assessment Testing Days Waiver  
Foreign Exchange Student Waiver (Request 5 or more)  
Timeline for Accelerated Instruction  
Teacher Data Portal of the Texas Assessment Management System  

Related Links 

To the Administrator Addressed Additional Missed School Day Waivers related to Hurricane Harvey (9-1-2017)

To the Administrator Addressed Hurricane Harvey Related Waivers (8-29-2017)

TEAL Access Instructions

Waivers Online Report - Displays the Status of Waiver Requests

Minutes of Operation for the school year 2017-2018 - updates to HB 2442 - The TEA will release a TAA letter in September 2017 that will address additional guidance related to HB 2442 and associated waivers for the 2018-2019 school year.