TEKS Certification Process


March 9, 2023

Subject: TEKS Certification Process

District Operations Technology and Sustainability Support

Next Steps: 

Complete TEKS Certification Process



In accordance with Texas Education Code, §31.004, local education agencies (LEAs) are required to certify annually to the State Board of Education (SBOE) and the Commissioner that students have access to instructional materials covering all Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for all required subjects, except physical education. 

Additionally, in accordance with 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §66.105, LEAs are required to certify that they protect against access to obscene or harmful content in compliance with the requirements for certification under the Children's Internet Protection Act, 47 USC §254(h)(5)(B) and (C). The TEKS Certification 2023–24 Survey includes a section to allow LEAs to certify they meet this requirement.

In response to feedback from last year’s process, the agency refined the TEKS Certification Process and will utilize the following tools: 

TEKS Certification 2023-24 Form:
Printable, hard copy of the survey to be completed offline and presented to the board of trustees or governing body for ratification and signatures.

TEKS Certification 2023-24 Survey:
Web-based application where LEAs will submit their responses, collected on the TEKS Certification 2023-24 Form, and where LEAs will upload the signature page of the Form.

Required Action

This year’s TEKS Certification Process requires:

  • The completion of the TEKS Certification 2023-24 Form;
  • Ratification by the LEA’s board of trustees or governing body in an open, public-noticed meeting; and 
  • Submission of the TEKS Certification 2023-24 Survey and upload of the ratified TEKS Certification 2023-24 Form. 

TEA recommends that LEAs complete these steps by May 1, 2023. The TEKS Certification 2023-24 Form can be accessed on the Instructional Materials webpage.

The state online instructional materials ordering system, EMAT, will close for annual maintenance on March 31, 2023, and is scheduled to reopen on May 15, 2023. Completion of the TEKS Certification Process is required to regain access to allotment funds when EMAT reopens in May 2023.

TEKS Certification 2023–24 Survey submissions received after May 15, 2023, will typically be processed within five business days, and access to EMAT will follow. 

Instructions to Complete the TEKS Certification Process for 2023-24

  1. Review the TEKS Certification 2023-24 Form: Print the fillable TEKS Certification 2023–24 Form found on the Instructional Materials website.
  2. Gather information: The form may require consultation with content area leads or other LEA staff. 
  3. Complete TEKS Certification 2023-24 Form: Complete the TEKS Certification 2023–24 Form by hand or digitally. 
  4. Obtain needed signatures: Ratify the TEKS Certification 2023-24 Form by the LEA’s board of trustees or governing body in an upcoming, open board meeting. 
  5. Submit TEKS Certification 2023-24 Survey: Complete the online TEKS Certification 2023–24 Survey by answering the questions. Inside the survey you will upload the signed Allotment and TEKS Certification 2023–24 Form from Step 4. The survey will be open for submissions beginning Monday, March 20, 2023, and will be located on the Instructional Materials website.

Additional Supports 

  • The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will be hosting a webinar to review the TEKS Certification 2023–24 Process on Monday, March 20, at 2:00 p.m. CST. You can find the registration link here. The TEA will host office hours on Tuesday, March 28, at 11:00 a.m. CST. Registration link for office hours can be found here. 
  • For questions about the TEKS Certification 2023–24 form, survey, or process, please submit a Help Desk ticket.