Military Family Resources

To the Men and Women of the Armed Forces:

On behalf of the public schools of Texas, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Texas. The men and women who serve in the armed forces are among our most valued assets as a nation. Your children deserve the very best our public schools have to offer.

The Texas Education Agency recognizes the challenges facing you and your families as you transition to a new home and school district. We have developed this section of our web site to provide information about Texas schools, graduation requirements and links to other sites of interest.

It is my hope that you and your children are satisfied with the service provided by our school system. Texas has earned a reputation for excellence in its public schools by setting high standards and ensuring accountability. At the same time, we have retained local control of the educational decisions that affect children. We are proud of our accomplishments and will continue our efforts to improve the lives of the children we serve.

Best wishes for continued success and thank you for all you do to protect and defend our nation.

Texas Commissioner of Education

Texas Offers Educator Certification Fee Waivers

Texas has begun waiving certain educator certification fees for eligible military service members, military veterans and military spouses.

Military-Related Links

 Joint Base San Antonio (outside source)
Joint Base San Antonio School Liaison Office (SLO) helps parents ease the transition of the mobile military lifestyle and can assist prior to your PCS, upon arrival, while at your installation and when you prepare to depart for your next duty station.  They specialize in serving military families with K-12 school age children and are able to provide information about the local school systems and community. The SLO will support parents and school districts with the Interstate Compact for the Education of Military Students interpretation, information on schools and boundaries, Home School, Deployment Support, provide School and Community Outreach partnerships.  These military dependent education professionals serve as a link between military families and all surrounding school districts ensuring maximum educational opportunities for academic success. 

Texas Veterans Portal  (outside source)
 The Texas Veterans Portal is a resource for veterans, their families, and their survivors. They have compiled helpful information from many government agencies here so you can find the assistance, services, and benefits you need.

Military Child Education Coalition (outside source)
This coalition is an organization establishing partnerships, support systems and solutions critical to the academic success of K-12 students in highly mobile military families. Services include:

  •  Preparing children and staying involved in their education during deployment 
  •  Supporting children and families serving in the National Guard or Reserves 
  •  MCEC Assessment Resource Center 
  •  School Quest

Military Impacted Schools Association (outside source)
This association is a national organization representing school districts that serve high concentrations of military children.

Troops to Teachers  (outside source)
Troops to Teachers is a U.S. Department of Education and Department of Defense program that helps eligible military personnel begin a new career as teachers in public schools where their skills, knowledge and experience are most needed. For more information please contact Dr. Christine Nemetsky, project coordinator: Troop to Teachers, at 1-800-810-5484.

Qualifying Military Dependents for Prekindergarten Programs
This site provides information about free public prekindergarten programs that are available to military dependents.

Communities in Schools of Greater Central Texas (outside source)
Communities In Schools of Greater Central Texas, Inc. (CIS) serves at-risk youth and their families in the four counties adjacent to Fort Hood, the largest military installation in the free world. Last year CIS served over 2,000 military children, the majority of whom had at least one deployed parent.

Fort Hood Child, Youth and School Services (outside source)
The Fort Hood Child, Youth and School Services program provides school liaison officers who offer support to the entire  military-connected family, including supplying school support and college readiness information.

Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

Senate Bill 90 - Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (PDF, 134KB)
Senate Bill 90, passed in 2009, is Texas' governing legislation on the Interstate Compact for Educational Opportunity for Military Children.

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers  (PDF,18KB)
The Texas Education Agency Student Assessment Division provides a frequently asked questions and answers document about assessment policy under the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children.

Interstate Commission on Educational Opportunity for Military Children Rules (Effective date of January 1, 2010) (PDF, 76KB)
The Interstate Commission on Educational Opportunity for Military Children Rules was approved November 18, 2009.

Interstate Commission Rules Implementation Guide (Word, 80KB)
Texas Education Agency's Interstate Commission Rules implementation guide assists school districts and open enrollment charter schools.

PowerPoint Presentation on Senate Bill 90 (PPT, 335KB)
Texas Education Agency’s presentation explains the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children.

School Data Resources

TEA Performance Reporting
Descriptive reports are available on every school district, campus, and charter school in Texas. The reports includes data on Texas school accountability ratings.

AskTED is an online directory of Texas schools, including charters. The directory primary is primarily used by people seeking contact information for schools, districts, and education service centers.

Curriculum Resources

Texas Graduation Requirements
Information about Texas high school graduation requirements are provided.

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)
Texas has curriculum standards, called the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, that detail what is to be taught in each subject and at each grade level.

Student Assessment Division
The TEA Student Assessment Division oversees all standardized student testing, including the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™) test.

State of Texas Links

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (outside source)
This state agency oversees the state's public colleges and universities. Its website provides a good starting point for students seeking information on higher education in Texas.

Texas Department of Health Immunization Branch (outside source)
This stage agency provides immunization resources for adults and children, including information about requirements for school attendance.