Community and University Partnerships-Student Success Initiative


The TEA Community Partnerships/Student Success Initiative provides grants and technical support to Texas public school districts and open enrollment charter schools in low income communities by leveraging community, academic, and government support to provide solutions for school and community improvement.


Consistent with the General Appropriations Act, 86th Legislature, Texas Education Agency Rider 43 Student Success Initiative, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) shall award grants to schools with high percentages of students who do not perform satisfactorily on relevant state assessments, and that serve the most struggling neighborhoods, as determined by the Commissioner, to implement a comprehensive support program that increases the number of students performing on grade level by leveraging academic, community, and governmental supports. The Commissioner shall prioritize issuing awards based on applications that demonstrate a commitment to improved outcomes on clear performance measures.

The Vision of the Community Partnerships initiative is to support significant improvements in educational and developmental outcomes for children and youth who live in struggling communities by providing access to great schools and access to a system of high-quality community, academic, and government resources from birth through college and a career.

Approved Vendors

The vendors listed are the approved vendors for the Community Partnerships grant initiative. The vendors submitted proposals to a TEA RFQ posting in the spring of 2018.

Community Partnerships Approved Vendors



Big Thought

Education Elements


Region 2 ESC

Region 13 ESC

Safal Partners


















Community Partnerships/Student Success Initiative (SSI) Framework

TEA has identified four systems of practices for turning around struggling schools and communities.
I. Community Partnerships Program Design
II. Delivering Effective Schools and Academic Programs
III. Ensuring Families are engaged with the schools and have access to partnering agency resources
IV. Developing strong and intentional community partnerships

SSI Grant School Categories and Metric Description and Goals



Community Partnerships Metric Description  

Early Childhood  
  • 10% increase in percentage of 3 and 4-year-old children accessing high quality PK programs
  • 10% or 1 section increase in the capacity of new or existing high-quality programs made available
  • 10% increase of participating students who are kinder ready, compared to their peers

Grades 1-12

The school district must create indicators for other grade levels to measure and monitor

  • 50% proficient/meets for 3rd, 5th, and 8th grade students on STAAR Reading and Math
  • 90% of 8th grade students enter high school with completed high school plans
  • 80% of high school students with post-secondary readiness plan
  • 90% of high school students passing at least 3 EOCs 
  • 10% increase in high school students matriculating to college
  • 5% increase in high school students persisting through 1 year of college

Community Based Accountability

The school district must create 5 community indicators that it will measure and monitor

  • 5% of Kindergarten students assessed as Developmentally on Track on four or more EDI domains
  • 5% increase or 1 new licensed childcare facility that is rated 3 stars or higher by Texas Rising Star
  • 5% reduction of children experiencing food insecurity
  • 50% of school families have accessed HHSC services through the school hub office
  • 70% of children and families feel safe in the neighborhood

College and University Partnerships

The Collaborative Partnership between TEA and the College/University focuses on problems of practice and supports the development of partnerships between researchers or college level personnel assisting struggling public schools working with the intent to improve schools by advancing the relevance of education research, and/or by bridging the gap between educational theory and the everyday work of practitioners and policymakers.

Types of College and University Partnerships

School Improvement    School Redesign    School Action   

Improve campus practice on foundational aspects of schooling:

  • School Culture
  • Teacher Development
  • Data Driven Instruction
  • Curriculum Alignment
  • Educational Leadership and Counseling Development
  • Early College High School(s) PTECH High School(s)  
  • Math Innovation Zones  
  •  Rural School Innovation Zones 
  •  College Advisory/Financial Literacy 
  •  Mentor Programs 
  •  Project Graduation 
  • Summer Bridge
  • New School (district managed) 
  •  New school (partner managed)
  •  Replication (partner managed)  
  • Restart (partner managed) Reassign

College and University Partnership School District Successes

  • Truett Elementary School (Dallas ISD) - Met Standard for SY 2017-18 and expected SY 2018-19 (Formerly Improvement Required 2016-17)
  • Juarez-Lincoln High School (La Joya ISD) - Met Standard for SY 2017-18 and expected SY 2018-19 (Formerly Improvement Required 2016-17)
  • Winona Elementary School (Winona ISD)  - Improvement Required for SY 2017-18 and expected Met Standard for SY 2018-2019

Additional Resources

Community Partnerships Program Details (PDF, 438KB)

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