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.
Career and Technical Education
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.
Credit by Examination
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.
Health and Safety
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.
Mathematics and Reading Academies
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.
Math Innovation Zones (MIZ) supports school districts and open-enrollment charter schools in the expansion of blended learning instructional models in math by defining, supporting, and scaling a high-fidelity of implementation of the model.
School Guidance and Counseling
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.
Texas Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate Support Programs
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.
Texas Virtual School Network
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.
Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as authorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015, established Title IV, Part A, the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant Program (SSAE).