Texas Education Agency (TEA)
Roles & Responsibilities
Located in Austin, Texas at 1701 N. Congress Ave., the TEA is the administrative unit for primary and secondary public education. Under the leadership of the commissioner of education, the TEA:State Board of Education (SBOE)
• manages the textbook adoption process;
• oversees development of the statewide curriculum;
• administers the statewide assessment program;
• administers a data collection system on public school students, staff, and finances;
• rates school districts under the statewide accountability system;
• operates research and information programs;
• monitors for compliance with federal guidelines; and
• serves as a fiscal agent for the distribution of state and federal funds.
SBOEThe State Board of Education (SBOE) is the agency’s governing body. Its 15 members are elected from 15 SBOE districts throughout the state. The board adopts rules and establishes policies for the state’s public education system.
Commissioner of Education
State Board for Education Certification (SBEC)
SBECThe State Board for Educator Certification was created by the Texas Legislature in 1995 to recognize public school educators as professionals and grant educators the authority to govern the standards of their profession. The Board oversees all aspects of the preparation, certification, and standards of conduct of public school educators.