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.

2018-2019 Applications will be available in TEAL on the following dates:

General & Expedited   July 9, 2018
Attendance  (Missed School Day, Low Attendance)     August 1, 2018
Class Size September 4, 2018

Note: As of January 2018, the new 2018-2019 Staff Development Minutes Waiver is currently available in TEAL.

Once the new waiver year opens, the current 2017-2018 year waiver application will no longer be 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.

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:

Staff Development WaiverCourse Requirement WaiverMissed School Days
Modified Schedule State Assessment Testing Days WaiverCertification Teacher WaiverLow Attendance Days
Foreign Exchange Student Waiver (Request 5 or more)Course Requirement Career and Technical Education (CTE) Waiver 
Timeline for Accelerated InstructionCertification for Superintendent Waiver 
Teacher Data Portal of the Texas Assessment Management SystemPregnancy Related Services On-Campus (CEH) Waiver 
 Foreign Exchange Student (Less than 5) Waiver 
 Other Specific Waivers 

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

To the Administrator Addressed Minutes of Operation - Updates to HB 2442 (8-31-2017)

To the Administrator Addressed Information Concerning Changes to Staff Development and Early Release Waivers for 2018-2019 and Beyond (8-31-2017)