ACADEMICS / PUBLIC EDUCATION SYSTEM

Public Education

Texas Education Agency

1701 N. Congress Ave.
Austin 512-463-9734
http://tea.texas.gov

K-12 Registration Information
http://tea.texas.gov/Texas_Schools/General_Information/Enroll_Your_Child/Enrolling_Your_Child_in_School

Testing and Assessment
The statewide assessment program in Texas includes a variety of standardized tests:

*           Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS)
*           State-Developed Alternative Assessment (SDAA)
*           End-of-Course Examinations (EOC)
*           Reading Proficiency Tests in English (RPTE)

For the testing calendar, comparative data, and scores for individual schools and school districts, contact:

Division of Student Assessment
512-463-9536
http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/

Charter Schools
Charter schools are public schools organized and operated by individuals or groups rather than the state. These schools are designed to foster educational competition and offer parental choice in education. They enjoy a significant amount of freedom to create innovations in educational and administrative practices. For more information about charter schools or a list of charter schools in your area, contact:

Texas Charter Schools Association
512-584-8272
https://www.txcharterschools.org

Magnet Schools
Houston Independent School District (HISD) offers magnet schools with special programs such as fine arts, math/science, and Montessori in addition to a strong core curriculum. Magnet schools attract students to specialized fields of study. For more information on magnet programs, contact:

HISD Magnet Department
713-556-6005
www.houstonisd.org/magnet


Regional Support Centers

Region IV Education Service Center
Houston 713-462-7708
www.esc4.net
ESCs provide local school districts with professional development training and technical assistance. Region IV serves school districts in Harris, Fort Bend, and Brazoria Counties.

Region VI Education Service Center
Huntsville 936-435-8400
www.esc6.net
Region VI serves school districts in Montgomery County.
Independent School Districts (ISD)

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