Texas – State Information

MEA President: Julie Derges
Advocacy Leadership Force member: Michelle Devall
ALF Member Email: michelle.devall@austinisd.org

2021 Legislative Session Info- Legislature Website

Legislative Calendar

Convenes: 1/12/2021
Adjourns: 5/31/2021


Cross-Over Deadline  
Budget Deadline TBD
Introduction Deadlines 60th Legislative Day
Governor Greg Abbott (R)
Education Committee Chairs

No committee assignments yet

Partisan Split House: R      Senate: R
House Clerk Contact  
Senate Secretary Contact  
Carryover to 2022 No

State Board of Education

State Board of Education Website  
State Board of Education Meeting Schedule  
Education Commissioner Mike Morath

ESSA Implementation Information

ESSA State Plan 

Title I Director Anita Villarreal , State Coordinator, Title I, Part A 512-463.9402
Title IV Director

Federal Program Compliance Division ESSAsupport@tea.texas.gov Phone: (512) 463-9499

Title IV Website  
Title IV Allocations  
Application Timeline for Federal Funds September 4


State Certification Information


Certificate Age Levels and Subject Areas

Levels and Length of Certification

Testing Requirements

Teacher Performance Assessment




*Does not account for assessment fee (e.g., Praxis, edTPA, etc.)s

Alternate Path to Licensure

State Certification Website:


General Skills Test

Content/Subject Specific Test

Pedagogical Knowledge


Additional Coursework


More information can be found at:

TX Music EC-12 Standard (5-year) Texas Higher Ed Assessment (THEA) Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) Music EC-12 Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) PPR EC-12 No Yes Possible additional testing and/or coursework $75 application (in-state)
$160 application (out-of-state)
$39 fingerprinting
Yes https://tea.texas.gov/texas-educators/preparation-and-continuing-education/becoming-a-certified-texas-educator-through-an-alternative-certification-program https://tea.texas.gov/texas-educators/certification/initial-certification June 2020

COVID-19 Information

SY 20-21 Public Health Planning Guidance

School districts must provide daily, on-campus learning, however school systems can temporarily limit on-campus instruction for the first four weeks of school and beyond that with a waiver.

Title IV Success Stories

The funds below were allocated during the 2017-2018 school year.

Title IV-A funds were utilized in Spring Independent School District for Curriculum Development, Staffing, Instructional Materials (E.g., text books, supplemental materials, digital resources), Facility Improvements (E.g., acoustic treatment, sound system, theatrical lighting);Professional learning, Musical instruments and Arts partnerships with local arts agencies (E.g., teaching artists, field trips). This funding has provided access to that tipping point of making a difference in our student’s futures.

Title IV-A funds were utilized in Fort Bend Independent School District for professional development to train classroom teachers in arts integration techniques. This has integrated theatre objectives into the core academic subjects to promote learning in music and the arts.

$137,000 in Title IV-A funds were utilized in Fort Bend ISD for an arts integration initiative in partnership with the Alley Theatre, as well a purchasing school instruments for an after-school El Sistema-type program at four elementary schools.