The Texas Education Agency is the state agency that oversees primary and secondary public education. It is headed by the commissioner of education. The mission of TEA is to provide leadership, guidance and resources to help schools meet the educational needs of all students.
The Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) is an official university-level research center at Texas State University. The TxSSC is tasked in Chapter 37 of the Texas Education Code and the Governor’s Homeland Security Strategic Plan with key school safety initiatives and mandates. Specifically, the TxSSC serves as a clearinghouse for the dissemination of safety and security information through research, training, and technical assistance for K-12 schools and junior colleges throughout the state of Texas. In addition, the TxSSC also builds partnerships among youth, adults, schools, law enforcement officers, and community stakeholders to reduce the impact of tobacco on all Texans through prevention, training and enforcement initiatives.
The DSHS School Health Program envisions a Texas where all children are healthy, ready to learn and prepared to make healthy lifelong choices. Mission: The mission of the DSHS School Health Program is to meet the health services and health program needs of children through schools.
The CDC provides information on a coordinated school health (CSH) program model. The expanded model integrates the eight components of a CSH program with the tenets of a whole child approach to education. In addition, the CDC offers information on disease prevention, healthy kids, and healthy schools. The CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) works to prevent unhealthy actions among children, adolescents, and young adults.
HECAT can help school districts, schools, and others conduct a clear, complete, and consistent analysis of health education curricula.
PECAT is a self-assessment and planning guide designed to help school districts and schools conduct clear, complete, and consistent analyses of physical education curricula.
The SHI is a self-assessment and planning tool that schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs. It's easy to use and completely confidential. The School Health Survey is required per the Texas Education Code §38.0141. The survey gathers information on the implementation of school health-related policies and programs. The information is used to develop reports, respond to legislative inquiries, and create relevant training and technical assistance systems to support districts in implementing school health programs.