Military Family Resources

To the Men and Women of the Armed Forces:

On behalf of the public schools of Texas, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Texas. The men and women who serve in the armed forces are among our most valued assets as a nation. Your children deserve the very best our public schools have to offer.

The Texas Education Agency recognizes the challenges facing you and your families as you transition to a new home and school district. We have developed this section of our web site to provide information about Texas schools, graduation requirements and links to other sites of interest.

It is my hope that you and your children are satisfied with the service provided by our school system. Texas has earned a reputation for excellence in its public schools by setting high standards and ensuring accountability. At the same time, we have retained local control of the educational decisions that affect children. We are proud of our accomplishments and will continue our efforts to improve the lives of the children we serve.

Best wishes for continued success and thank you for all you do to protect and defend our nation.

Texas Commissioner of Education

Military Specific Links

Texas Veterans Portal  (outside source)
 The Texas Veterans Portal is a resource for veterans, their families, and their survivors. They have compiled helpful information from many government agencies here so you can find the assistance, services, and benefits you need.

Military Child Education Coalition (outside source)
An organization establishing partnerships, support systems and solutions critical to the academic success of K-12 students in highly mobile military families. Services include:

  •  Preparing children and staying involved in their education during deployment 
  •  Supporting children and families serving in the National Guard or Reserves 
  •  MCEC Assessment Resource Center 
  •  School Quest

Military Impacted Schools Association (outside source)
A national organization representing school districts that serve high concentrations of military children.

Troops to Teachers  (outside source)
A U.S. Department of Education and Department of Defense program that helps eligible military personnel begin a new career as teachers in public schools where their skills, knowledge and experience are most needed. For more information please contact Meryl Kettler at 1-800-810-5484.

Qualifying Military Dependents for Prekindergarten Programs
Eligibility and Documentation

Communities in Schools of Greater Central Texas (outside source)
Communities In Schools of Greater Central Texas, Inc. (CIS) serves at-risk youth and their families in the four counties adjacent to Fort Hood, the largest military installation in the free world. Last year CIS served over 2,000 military children, the majority of whom had at least one deployed parent.

Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

Senate Bill 90 - Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (PDF, 134KB)
Texas governing legislation on the Interstate Compact for Educational Opportunity for Military Children.

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers  (PDF,18KB)
Texas Education Agency Student Assessment Division frequently asked questions and answers about Assessment Policy under the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children.

Interstate Commission on Educational Opportunity for Military Children Rules (Effective date of January 1, 2010) (PDF, 76KB)
he Interstate Commission on Educational Opportunity for Military Children Rules approved November 18, 2009.

Interstate Commission Rules Implementation Guide (Word, 80KB)
Texas Education Agency's Interstate Commission Rules implementation guide to assist school districts and open enrollment charter schools.

PowerPoint Presentation on Senate Bill 90 (PPT, 335KB)
Texas Education Agency’s presentation on the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children.

School Data Resources

TEA Performance Reporting
Descriptive reports on every school district, campus, and charter school in Texas. Includes data on Texas school accountability ratings.

AskTED is an online directory of Texas schools, including charters. The directory primary is primarily used by people seeking contact information for schools, districts, and education service centers.

Curriculum Resources

19 TAC Chapter 74 Handbook
Texas curriculum and graduation requirements.

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)
Texas curriculum by subject and grade level.

Student Assessment Division
The TEA Division that oversees all standardized student testing, including the The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™) test.

State of Texas Links

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (outside source)
The starting point for students seeking information on higher education in Texas.

Texas Department of Health Immunization Branch (outside source)
Immunization resources for adults and children, including information about requirements for school attendance.