Asynchronous and Synchronous Instruction

Asynchronous and Synchronous Online Application Links

Application Link


Due Date


Synchronous Attestation Online Application July 9, 2020

LEAs must submit this online application of attestations stating that they are prepared to offer synchronous instruction in order to receive funding for synchronous attendance. Submit one online application per LEA.

Sept. 7th


Asynchronous Letter of Intent July 9, 2020

Letter of Intent Submissions Received Through 10/14/2020

LEA’s should submit this online application to notify the agency of its intent to develop an Asynchronous Plan prior to the first day of asynchronous instruction. One submission per LEA. Submitting this online application results in contingent approval of funding for asynchronous remote instruction through the end of the grace period. This Letter of Intent does not require board approval.

Before first day of asynchronous instruction


The online application link for Asynchronous Plan will be emailed to all LEAs who submit a Letter of Intent (LOI).

LEAs must submit an online application, which includes attestations and open-ended questions, and submitted plans must be reviewed and approved by TEA in order to continue receiving funding for asynchronous attendance after the end of the grace period. LEAs may submit plans individually or as a consortium.

IMPORTANT: No more than one online application should be submitted per LEA. Districts may not submit revisions to their plans after the initial submission. Applicants must wait until their plan is final and receive a notification about the results of their review, in order to resubmit. TEA will only review one plan, so if two plans are submitted, TEA will not review the second submission.

By October 1, in order to allow time for review, revision and resubmission prior to the end of grace period.

Link to the application will be provided via email to all LEAs submitting an LOI.

Asynchronous Intent to Amend Application October 22, 2020

LEA’s should use the Intent to Amend application to request an Asynchronous Amendment survey link if it has revised its TEA-approved Asynchronous Plan in a way that would influence a scored component in the Asynchronous Rubric.

By December 4, in order to allow time for TEA pre-screen review and Amendment survey correspondence prior to December 18.

Link to the Asynchronous Amendment survey will be provided via email to all LEAs that TEA determines an amendment is required.

For questions, please email

The state is fully funding attendance for both of these methods as long as all requirements for remote instruction are met, as detailed in the Attendance and Enrollment FAQ.

Asynchronous Plan Materials and Resources

Asynchronous Instruction does not require all participants to be virtually present at the same time

  • Examples: Self-paced online courses with intermittent teacher instruction, pre-assigned work with formative assessments on paper or in LMS, watching pre-recorded videos of instruction with guided support

2020-2021 Amendment Process


Description Release

“When to Amend” Asynchronous Plan Guidance Document (PDF) October 22, 2020

Preliminary guidance on when an amendment to an LEA’s or Texas Partnership Operator’s TEA-approved Asynchronous Plan is required.


Asynchronous Plan Amendment Template (PDF) October 22, 2020

Template that is required for LEAs or Texas Partnership Operators to submit an amendment to their TEA-approved Asynchronous Plan. The amendment template must be submitted through the Asynchronous Plan amendment survey.


Asynchronous Plan Amendment Decision Chart (PDF) October 22, 2020

Resource to guide LEA’s or Texas Partnership Operator’s decision-making through the Asynchronous Plan amendment process. Posted

Asynchronous Plan Amendment Process Webinar

Webinar Password: 1MxEk+q9 October 29, 2020

Webinar explaining the timeline, amendment resources and application requirements. LEAs, consortium and Texas partnership operators are encouraged to view the webinar prior to submitting the Asynchronous Plan Intent to Amend Application.

Webinar PPT Posted

Note: Users must click Read Only to view the file


2020-2021 Planning Support


Description Release

SY 20-21 Asynchronous Plan Summary (PDF) July 6, 2020

Summary of the attestations and open-ended questions that will be in the Asynchronous Plan Survey


Asynchronous Plan Rubric (PDF) July 9, 2020

Rubric that reviewers will use to evaluate Asynchronous Plans


Asynchronous Look Fors (PDF) July 9, 2020 Preliminary guidance on the “look fors” that reviewers will use to evaluate Asynchronous Plans Posted
Webinar on Annotated Asynchronous Plan Exemplars (YouTube) July 21, 2020

Presentation with links (PDF) July 21, 2020
Training for LEAs on Asynchronous Plan requirements through analysis of the exemplars, rubric ratings, and rationale

Posted (YouTube)

Posted (PDF)

Asynchronous Plan Exemplars and Rubric Rating Rationale (PDF) July 21, 2020 Strong examples of Asynchronous Plans and rationale for strong rubric ratings


Also see links in chart below

Asynchronous Plan Blank Template (Word) July 23, 2020 An optional planning tool that provides one way LEAs can format and organize information for asynchronous plan submission Posted

Asynchronous Plan Non-example (PDF) and Rubric Rationale (PDF) July 30, 2020

Example of an asynchronous plan that does not meet the rubric requirements with rationale for lower rubric ratings



Asynchronous Plan Common Pitfalls (PDF) July 30, 2020 List of common pitfalls to consider in order to support asynchronous planning process


SY 20-21 Asynchronous Plan FAQ (PDF)
October 29, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions on Asynchronous Plans around Letter of Intent, Online Plan Submission, and Plan Development Posted

Asynchronous Plan Exemplars and Rubric Rating Rationale

These exemplars are:

  • An example of ONE way to develop a plan that meets the criteria in the rubric
  • An example of the level of detail LEAs could include in their plan to ensure the plan has enough evidence to be rated against the rubric.
  • Additional considerations for LEAs as they create their individual plans.

These exemplars are NOT:

  • The only or “best” way to develop a plan. Plans are evaluated based on the rubric. There are many ways to meet the requirements listed in the rubric.
  • A comprehensive plan that includes every detail for every grade, subject, campus, course requirement or particular contexts that individual LEAs will need to consider.
  • An endorsement of any particular set of materials or products.

Note: All of these exemplar plans are still in draft form as the LEAs are continuing to gather input from stakeholders and finalize with approval from their school boards. They have graciously shared these drafts to be used as examples for us to learn from, but the details of the plans may still change before they are final and submitted to TEA for approval.



Exemplar Plan Link

Rubric Rationale Link

Aldine ISD

Mid-size, urban district

Draft: Aldine ISD Exemplar Plan

Aldine ISD Rubric Rationale

Hawkins ISD

Small, rural district

Draft: Hawkins ISD Exemplar Plan

Hawkins ISD Rubric Rationale

Lubbock ISD

Mid-size, urban district

Draft: Lubbock ISD Exemplar Plan

Lubbock ISD Rubric Rationale

DeSoto ISD

Small, suburban district

Draft: DeSoto ISD Exemplar Plan

DeSoto ISD Rubric Rationale

Synchronous Attestation Materials

Synchronous instruction requires all participants to be present at the same time, virtually

  • Examples: Live interactive classes with students and teachers participating real-time, teacher supported work time on video conference calls, scheduled and timed online tests


2020-2021 Planning Support


Description Release

SY 20-21 Synchronous Attestation Summary (PDF) July 6, 2020

Summary of the attestations that will be in the Synchronous Attestation Online Application