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The Curriculum Division at TEA oversees a number of programs that provide advanced, equitable academic work, work place training, and support services to students and educators.
One of the most diverse areas of study in the Texas public schools is career and technical education (CTE). There are about 200 approved CTE courses grouped into 16 areas or clusters. Federal and state funding support these programs.
Many school districts provide character education to their students. These programs stress traits such as courage, trustworthiness, integrity, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, good citizenship and school pride.
State law allows students in primary grades to accelerate a grade level and students in secondary academic courses to earn credit for a course on the basis credit by examination.
Texas schools work to provide a healthy and safe learning environment for children. Programs providing support in this area cover issues such child abuse prevention, human trafficking, pregnancy services and discipline.
Innovative courses and programs allow districts to offer state-approved innovative courses to enable students to master knowledge, skills, and competencies not included in the essential knowledge and skills of the required curriculum.
In 2015 the 84th Texas Legislature (Regular
Session) passed legislation directing the commissioner of education to develop
and make available the Mathematics and Reading Academies professional
development opportunities to Texas public school teachers.
Public school counselors offer counseling services, provide guidance in areas such as ensuring students are enrolled in the appropriate courses for their diploma plan, and frequently serve as their campuses' testing coordinator.
Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate (AP/IB) programs are growing at a rapid pace in Texas. AP/IB courses offer students rigorous, college-preparatory classes. An incentive program and a teacher training reimbursement program provide support to AP/IB educators and students.
Technology is an increasingly important factor in 21st century education. Technology planning and resources help Texas schools effectively use technology in the classroom.
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.
Curriculum Standards and Student Support DivisionPhone: (512) 463-9581Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CTE Unit Phone: (512) 936-6060Email: CTE@tea.texas.gov
ESC CTE Contacts
Health and SafetyPhone: (512) 463-9581Email: email@example.com
TXVSN Central Operations Help Desk
Phone: 1-866-93TXVSN (1-866-938-9876)