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.

Related Policies

Your local school board policy manual contains TASB's (LEGAL) reference policies and board-adopted (LOCAL) policies.  Your district may also have relevant administrative regulations.  For more information on special programs, see district policy and regulations at the following codes:

EEM Juvenile Residential Facilities
EHB Special Programs
EHBB Gifted and Talented Students
EHBD Federal Title I
EHBE Bilingual Education/ESL
EHBF Career and Technical Education
EHBH Other Special Populations
EHBI Adult and Community Education
EHBK Other Instructional Initiatives
EHBL High School Equivalency
EJ Academic Guidance Program
EL Charter Campus or Program

Other Resources

  • The Texas Education Agency (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.
  • The TEA 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.
  • The TEA Texas AP/IB Incentive Program Website provides information on advanced placement and international baccalaureate programs. 
  • The TEA Accountability Research Website provides links to reports on advanced placement and international baccalaureate examination results and reports on advanced courses.
  • The TEA Character Education Website provides information on character education programs recognized by TEA as fulfilling the applicable statutory requirements.
  • The TEA 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.
  • The TEA Bilingual Education/ESL Monitoring Website provides information on integrated review processes of bilingual education/ESL programs.
  • The TEA Information on Assessments for English Language Learners Website contains information regarding state assessments of ELL students and related resources.
  • The TEA Career and Technical Education (CTE) Website provides information on curriculum, programs, rules, and related information for CTE.
  • The TEA CTE Monitoring Website provides information and guidelines on the review process for improving accountability in CTE programs.
  • The TEA 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.
  • The TEA School Guidance and Counseling Website provides links to a guide for counselor certification requirements and other related resources.
  • The TEA Charter Schools – Campus Charters Website overviews the state law permitting districts to apply for a campus charter and provides grant information.