Student Attendance Accounting Handbook

State law requires every Texas school district to adopt an attendance accounting system that includes procedures to ensure the accurate recording and reporting of student attendance data. The Student Attendance Accounting Handbook (SAAH) contains the official attendance accounting requirements that all public school districts and open-enrollment charter schools in Texas must meet. The agency collects student attendance data primarily to ensure that Foundation School Program (FSP) funds can be correctly allocated to Texas’s public schools.


  • describes the FSP eligibility requirements for all students,
  • prescribes the minimum standards for all attendance accounting systems,
  • lists the documentation requirements for attendance audit purposes, and
  • details the responsibilities of all district personnel involved in student attendance accounting.

The proposed versions of the 2019-2020 SAAH and change document have been added to the table below. The comment period for the proposed SAAH is from July 5, 2019, to August 5, 2019. The webpage will be updated with the final adopted versions of the documents after the completion of the comment period.

Student Attendance Accounting HandbookWord VersionPDF VersionSAAH Change DocumentWord VersionPDF Version
2019-2020 Handbook, Proposed PDF 2,720 KB2019-2020 Change Document, Proposed PDF 2,145 KB
2018-2019 Handbook, AdoptedWord 722 KBPDF 2,544 KB2018-2019 Change DocumentWord 89 KBPDF 398 KB
2017-2018 Handbook, AdoptedWord 719 KBPDF 2,519 KB2017-2018 Change DocumentWord 87 KBPDF 340 KB
2016-2017 Handbook, AdoptedWord 711 KBPDF 2,718 KB2016-2017 Change DocumentWord 79 KBPDF 916 KB
2015–2016 Handbook, AdoptedWord 714 KBPDF 4,270 KB2015–2016 Change DocumentN/APDF 448 KB
2014–2015 HandbookWord 692 KBPDF 2,394 KB2014–2015 Change DocumentN/APDF 1,784 KB
2013–2014 HandbookWord 2,317 KBPDF 1,725 KB2013–2014 Change DocumentWord 209 KBPDF 778 KB
2012–2013 HandbookWord 2,696 KBPDF 1,761 KB 2012–2013 Change Document Word 1,028 KBPDF 1,169 KB
2011–2012 Handbook Version 2 Word 2,438 KBPDF 1,547 KB2011–2012 Change Document Version 2 Word 197 KBPDF 472 KB
2011–2012 Handbook Word 2,260 KBPDF 1,547 KB2011–2012 Change Document Word 838 KBPDF 839 KB
2010–2011 Handbook Version 2 Word 2,297 KBPDF 3,635 KB2010–2011 Change Document Version 2  Word 81 KBPDF 81 KB
2010–2011 Handbook Word 2,289 KBPDF 3,594 KB20092010 Change Document Version 2 Word 487 KBPDF 484 KB


SAAH Presentations, Trainings, and Webinars

The Financial Accountability Section hosted two webinars to review the 2016-2017 Student Attendance Accounting Handbook (SAAH). Both webinars used the same presentation and covered the same material. Please find a copy of the webinar presentation slides and a replay of the January 18, 2017, webinar below:

2016-2017 Student Attendance Accounting Handbook Webinar Slides (PDF 1.15MB)

2016-2017 Student Attendance Accounting Handbook Webinar: January 18, 2017

SAAH Texas Administrative Code Rules

Commissioner of Education Rule:

19 Texas Administrative Code §129.1025, Adoption by Reference: Student Attendance Accounting Handbook

State Board of Education Rules:

19 Texas Administrative Code §129.1, Free Attendance in General  

19 Texas Administrative Code §129.21, Requirements for Student Attendance Accounting for State Funding Purposes

Additional Resources

Following are additional resources related to the SAAH: