Texas Education Agency

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Four months after the U.S. Department of Education found that the Texas Education Agency had broken federal law by effectively setting a cap on the number of children who could receive special education services, TEA has released the final draft of its plan to comply with federal monitoring requirements.

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The Texas Education Agency met Monday’s deadline to submit a revised school accountability plan to the U.S. Department of Education, as required by the Every Student Succeeds Act.

The revised plan made public Tuesday has higher academic performance standards, one of the key requests federal officials made in its initial feedback.

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The Texas Education Agency has less than a week to revise its plan to hold schools accountable, as required by the federal law known as the Every Student Succeeds Act.

The U.S. Department of Education asked the agency to make significant changes to its plan when it gave the state initial feedback just before the Christmas holiday.

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Updated 12/19 11:15 a.m.

When the exclusions and exceptions the state grants charter schools are stripped away, Texas charter schools have an average graduation rate almost 30 percentage points lower than the state’s traditional school districts.


The state is taking over the Southside Independent School District, following an investigation that found bad management and possible criminal violations.

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