Special Programs

The public schools open their doors to all school-age residents, including many who present educational challenges.  Some are uniquely talented; some live in poverty; some speak languages other than English; some are looking for a second chance at a high school diploma or a pathway into a particular career.  The following are resources related to Texas' numerous special programs, including gifted and talented, Title I, juvenile residential facilities, bilingual/ESL, career and tech, adult learners, and high school equivalency, as well as resources on guidance programs and charter schools.

Other Resources

  • Texas Education Agency's (TEA) Student Attendance Accounting Handbook contains useful information related to students in special programs such as bilingual education, career and technical education (CTE), and gifted and talented programs.
  • TEA's Gifted/Talented Education in Texas website includes information on the state plan for educating gifted and talented students and teacher training as well as other related resources.
  • TEA's Texas AP/IB Incentive Program website provides information on advanced placement and international baccalaureate programs. 
  • TEA's Character Education website provides information on character education programs recognized by TEA as fulfilling the applicable statutory requirements.
  • TEA's Bilingual Education website provides information on determining English language proficiency, waivers, and approved tests for English Language Learner (ELL) students, as well as answers to frequently asked questions and other related information.
  • TEA's Bilingual Education/ESL Monitoring website provides information on integrated review processes of bilingual education/ESL programs.
  • TEA's Information on Assessments for English Language Learners website contains information regarding state assessments of ELL students and related resources.
  • TEA's Career and Technical Education (CTE) website provides information on curriculum, programs, rules, and related information for CTE.
  • TEA's CTE Monitoring website provides information and guidelines on the review process for improving accountability in CTE programs.
  • TEA's High School Equivalency Information website provides information on high school equivalency testing in Texas, including information and frequently asked questions regarding the General Educational Development (GED) exam.
  • TEA's School Guidance and Counseling website provides links to a guide for counselor certification requirements and other related resources.
  • TEA's Charter Schools – Campus Charters website overviews the state law permitting districts to apply for a campus charter and provides grant information.