Reminder to Request Access to School FIRST Application in TEASE


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June 10, 2014

To the School District Superintendent Addressed:

Subject: Reminder to Request Access to School FIRST Application in TEASE


This letter is a reminder that you must have access to the online School Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) application in the Texas Education Agency Secure Environment (TEASE) to view your district’s preliminary 2014 School FIRST rating (rating based on 2012–2013 fiscal year information). Preliminary 2014 School FIRST ratings will be released this month.

  Requesting Access to the School FIRST Application

To request access to the School FIRST application, first log in to the Texas Education Agency Login (TEAL). You can access the TEAL either by visiting the TEA home page at and clicking the TEASE & TEAL Secure Applications button on the right side or by going directly to the TEAL login page at After you have logged in to your TEAL account, complete the following steps to request access to the School FIRST application:

 1.     Click your TEASE user account on the right side of the screen.

2.     Click Add/Modify Application Access.

3.     Select the School FIRST application, and follow the instructions.

  Appealing a School FIRST Rating

If your district wants to appeal its preliminary rating, it must submit an appeal to the TEA within
30 days of the TEA’s release of the rating. If we do not receive an appeal of the preliminary rating, the preliminary rating automatically becomes a final rating on the 31st day after its release. A final rating may not be appealed. See 19 Texas Administrative Code §109.1002(i) for more information on the appeals process.

  Contact Information

If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Accountability Division at
(512) 463-9238 or






Belinda Dyer

Director of Financial Accountability

Office of School Finance