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. 

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 Waiversare 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:

Staff Development Conference WaiverCourse Requirement WaiverMissed Instructional 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 

Automated Waivers Application Instructions

Waivers Online Report - Displays the Status of Waiver Requests