Tribpedia: Texas Education Agency

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) oversees primary and secondary public education for the state, including setting accountability standards. The Commissioner of Education, Michael L. Williams, manages the TEA, and the agency works in conjunction with the State Board of Education (SBOE) in setting curriculum standards.

According to its website, the TEA:

  • manages the textbook adoption process;
  • oversees development of the ...

Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, listens after questioning Chairman Dan Patrick, R-Houston, on SB 23 in Senate Education Committee April 9, 2013.
Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, listens after questioning Chairman Dan Patrick, R-Houston, on SB 23 in Senate Education Committee April 9, 2013.

Senate Panel Discusses Scrutiny of Testing Contracts

The procedures that led to the state's five-year, $468 million standardized testing contract with Pearson were the focus of a Senate panel's hearing Tuesday on legislation that would change how the state handles future agreements.

 

 

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 4/1/13

Batheja on a House budget without vouchers or Medicaid expansion, Aguilar on obstacles to a new power plant in El Paso, Permenter on deer breeder regulations, E. Smith’s interview with San Antonio’s Castro twins, Galbraith on proposals for new underground water reservoirs, Root finds holes in a UT regent's appointment files, M. Smith on a planned school rating system that defied recommendations, Murphy maps oil and gas disposal wells in Texas, Dehn on objections to a bigger Medicaid program and Hamilton on efforts to lure gun makers to Texas: The best of our best for the week of April 1-5, 2013.

Texas Education Agency commissioner Michael Williams announces at a press conference that he is stripping all authority from the El Paso Independent School District Board of Trustees. The move comes in the wake of a cheating scandal that landed the former superintendent in federal prison.
Texas Education Agency commissioner Michael Williams announces at a press conference that he is stripping all authority from the El Paso Independent School District Board of Trustees. The move comes in the wake of a cheating scandal that landed the former superintendent in federal prison.

Senators Grill TEA Chief on Testing, School Funding

When Commissioner Michael Williams appeared before state senators Wednesday to testify on the upper chamber's education budget, they took the opportunity to probe the new agency chief on student assessments and funding for remedial tutoring.

After Scandal, El Paso Program Looks to Aid Dropouts

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As the El Paso school district continues to reel from a testing scandal, a district program is focusing on the students who dropped out as a result of pressure from school officials. Alpha Initiative staffers have visited the homes of hundreds of onetime students, hoping to persuade them to return to school.

Education Commissioner Michael Williams, a former railroad commissioner, is shown at a TribLive event on Jan. 27, 2011.
Education Commissioner Michael Williams, a former railroad commissioner, is shown at a TribLive event on Jan. 27, 2011.

Texas to Apply for No Child Left Behind Waiver

Texas plans to join the more than 30 states that have already asked for a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act's requirements, according to a letter new state Education Commissioner Michael Williams sent school districts Thursday. 

New Marketplace Emerges After Textbook Buying Changes

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A year ago, Texas drastically changed the way it regulates school district purchases of instructional materials. Last week, the Texas Association of School Boards opened up a new marketplace with more than 100,000 options for districts to choose from, but some are still wary of making purchases.

Texas Schools Foot Big Bill for STAAR Retakes

The school year ended the first week of June for most Texas students, but for many of them, it won’t mean the end of class. A new state requirement that students must retake standardized tests if they do not achieve a minimum score has landed hundreds of thousands in summer school, carrying a hefty price tag for school districts.

Early STAAR Results Are as Expected, TEA Says

The Texas Education Agency released initial results from the rigorous new State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness. Just over half of students in ninth grade met the new passing standards for writing, while 87 percent passed biology. Some have worried the new tests will be too rigorous.

05/07/2012 Tribweek
05/07/2012 Tribweek

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 5/7/12

E. Smith interviews Dan Patrick about John Carona, Root on the race to replace Ron Paul, Batheja on a nest of open House seats in Tarrant County, Aguilar on a border brawl over a congressional seat in El Paso, Tan on the fight over Planned Parenthood in West Texas, Aaronson maps the holes in the state's health care provider network, M. Smith on who might be the next Texas education commissioner, Ramshaw on social media sabotage, Hamilton and Ramshaw on the reaction to news of job insecurity for UT-Austin's president and Grissom on a knickers-twisting historical marker: The best of our best content from May 7 to 11, 2012.

Interactive: Texas Budget Cuts Shrink State Government

With the state government tightening its belt, there are now 10,200 fewer state employees, according to an analysis of data collected by the state auditor’s office. This interactive shows how budget cuts have affected employment at state-funded entities from the second quarter of fiscal year 2011 to the second quarter of fiscal 2012.