Public Education

Texas Education Agency

1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin 512-463-9734

K-12 Registration Information

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 Data

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

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

Regional Support Centers

Region IV Education Service Center
Houston 713-462-7708
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
Region VI serves school districts in Montgomery County.
Independent School Districts (ISD)

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