Annual Financial and Compliance Report

Each year, a Charter School, Independent School District (ISD) or education service center (ESC) must take the following steps:

  1. Prepare its annual financial statements.
  2. Have its annual financial statements audited by a licensed independent certified public accountancy (CPA) firm.
  3. Submit the resulting audited annual financial and compliance report (AFR) and additional data to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for review.

When is the AFR due to TEA? 

An AFR is due by no later than 150 days after the close of a district’s fiscal year. The following table shows the due dates for different fiscal year calendars.

If a district’s fiscal year ends on

then the AFR is due to TEA on or before

August 31,

January 28.

June 30,

November 27.

      • The Texas Education Code (TEC), §44.008, does not provide for any extension when the date falls on a holiday or weekend. The AFR is also not required to be submitted earlier.
      • A complete, board approved, and signed AFR in PDF and data feed text file must be received through the AUDIT application in the TEA Login (TEAL) secure environment to meet submission requirements.
      • Emailing of the required AFR files does not meet submission requirements.
      • The AUDIT application in TEAL is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to accept electronic AFR submissions.

      Preparation of the Annual Financial Report submission 

      The AFR electronic submission summary:

      1. Prepare annual financial statements and have them audited by a licensed independent CPA firm.
      2. Have the audited AFR approved by its board.
      3. Prepare a PDF version of its board-approved, audited AFR. 
      4. Ensure that the AFR PDF file includes:
        • Certificate of Board
          • Indicated to be approved or disapproved
          • Complete date: month, date, and year
          • Signed by board president and secretary (or other board member in place of)
        • Signed and dated auditor's reports
        • Federal single audit report (required when $750,000 or more in federal expenditures)
        • Management letter (if issued)
        • Schedule L-1, Required Responses to Selected School FIRST Indicators (ISDs only, Charter Schools submit schedule RQ1 in data feed only)
      5. Prepare data feed text file submission.
      6. Ensure that the financial information in the AFR and data feed are consistent.
      7. Submit Both the PDF and data feed through the AUDIT application in the Texas Education Agency Login (TEAL)
      8.  Review the PDF and data feed submission for consistency and completeness.
      9. Finalize the data feed text file.
      10. Use the VIEW District Status menu option in the AUDIT application to open and view each PDF file for completeness, and verify that the data feed is submitted and finalized. 

        For instructions on submitting the AFR and data feed to TEA, see Electronic Submissions.

        Listing of External Audit Firms

        We have provided a listing of independent audit firms that have performed audits of charter schools and school districts in Texas for the most recent audit year. The firms are listed by the name under which the audit was performed and the number of audits performed in each ESC region. Please refer to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy website at https://www.tsbpa.texas.gov/php/fpl/frmlookup.php for contact information, name changes, and the license status of each firm.

        Please note that this posting is not an endorsement of any of the firms listed.  

        Charter schools, ESCs, and school districts in Texas must ensure their independent auditor:

        The following Excel spreadsheet contains three tabs listing firms that performed audits of charter schools, governmental charter schools, and school districts:

        Electronic AFR Public Viewer 

        To view a prior AFR, search the Database of Prior Annual Financial and Compliance Reports.

        Statutes and Rules Related to the AFR