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The School may receive a subgrant under Title I, Part A for any fiscal year only if the School has on file a plan approved by TEA.

Memorandum of Understanding

 The Texas Education Agency and the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) by Commissioner rule shall adopt a memorandum of understanding to establish:

 The method for developing and reevaluating a set of indicators of the quality of learning at TSBV;

1.  The process for the TEA to conduct and report on an annual evaluation of the School’s performance on the indicators;

2.  The requirements for the School’s Board to publish, discuss, and disseminate an annual report describing the educational performance of the School;

3.  The process for TEA to assign an accreditation status to the School, reevaluate the status on an annual basis, and, if necessary, make onsite accreditation investigations; and

4.  The type of information the School shall be required to provide through the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS).

 TEC 30.005, 19 TAC 97.1012

 Annual Review

 As a receiver of federal funds under Title I, Part A the School shall:

 Use the state academic assessments and other academic indicators described in the state plan to review annually the progress of the School served under Title I, Part A to determine whether the School is making adequate progress.

1.  At TSBVI’s discretion, use any assessments or any other academic indicators described in the Annual Improvement Plan to review annually the progress of each school served under Title I, Part A to determine whether the School is making progress.

2.  Publicize and disseminate the results of the local annual review to parents, teachers, principals, schools, and the community.

3.  Review the effectiveness of the actions and activities with respect to parental involvement, professional development, and other activities assisted under Title I, Part A.

20 U.S.C. 6316(a)

Adopted:       6/5/13



06/14/94, 1/15/96, 1/24/97, 1/24/02, 11/22/02, 1/21/03, 11/19/04, 1/26/05 (SH) , 2/1/05, 4/1/05, 5/25/05, 11/18/05, 1/27/06, 3/24/06, 7/28/06, 9/26/06, 11/17/06, 1/26/07, 3/23/07, 5/23/07, 7/23/07, 9/28/07, 11/16/07, 1/25/08, 3/28/08, 6/4/08, 9/26/08, 11/21/08, 1/23/09, 9/25/09, 11/20/09, 1/22/10, 4/9/10, 6/2/10, 11/19/10, 1/28/11, 6/5/13



Reviewed: 11/20/09



Reviewed: 1/24/02



Amended: 11/22/02



Amended: 11/19/04



Amended (Recoded from GND) 1/28/11


ACCOUNTABILITY: Federal Accountability Standards

Adopted 6/5/13

Accreditation Required

Accreditation for TSBVI shall be determined in accordance with Texas Education Code 30.005 and 19 TAC 97.1012.


The Texas Education Agency and TSBVI shall jointly develop and agree upon a set of quality indicators that are appropriate to the characteristics of students served by TSBVI.

Annually, the commissioner shall approve indicators of performance that measure the quality of student learning at the School.

The indicators shall include measures of academic and/or developmental performance, as well as other measures appropriate to the characteristics of the student populations served.

To the extent possible, the indicators shall incorporate academic excellence indicators and alternative assessment measures required by State statute under Texas Education Code (TEC), Subchapter B, Chapter 39.

Annual Performance Evaluation

The School's annual performance evaluation shall be based on quality indicators selected annually from among the set of quality indicators developed, and jointly agreed upon, by TSBVI and TEA to address the characteristics of the student groups served.

The selected quality indicators used for the annual performance evaluation shall measure, as appropriate, academic and/or non-academic performance on norm- or criterion-referenced instruments, progress in the attainment of student individualized education

program goals, statewide criterion-referenced assessment, completion of courses of credits, or completion of graduation requirements. Additional non-academic indicators may be selected that measure dropout rates, attendance, or other appropriate measures of student success.

Method of Evaluation

The method for evaluating TSBVI's annual performance shall be determined as follows:

  1. Annually, by September 1, TSBVI shall submit to the commissioner an accountability proposal. The proposal shall be developed with input from the School's planning and decision-making committee, and shall include the following information to be used to determine the current year accountability rating:
    1. quality indicators,
    2. performance objectives within each indicator, and
    3. minimum standards for determining achievement of performance objectives.
  2. By September 15, the commissioner shall review the proposal and notify the School superintendent of approval, or needed modifications to obtain approval of the proposed indicators and performance objectives to be used for determining an accountability rating.
  3. By November 1, the commissioner shall provide notification of final approval of the proposal indicators and performance objectives.
  4. By July 1, following the year for which the School's performance is being evaluated, the School shall submit to the Agency all complete and accurate data necessary to document performance with respect to the approved indicators and performance objectives selected for rating purposes under the accountability system.
  5. TEA shall perform an annual performance evaluation for TSBVI beginning with the 2000-2001 school year.

Accreditation Status

By September 1 the commissioner shall assign the School a rating of "acceptable" or "needing on-site review."

To attain a rating of "acceptable," the School shall attain all approved performance objectives established for each selected indicator.

If the School receives a rating of "needing on-site review," the School may appeal the rating to the commissioners by October 1. The rating will be final by November 1.

The determination of the performance rating may include consideration of the effectiveness of the special education program based on the Agency's most recent compliance review of the School and program for special populations.

Accountability Compliance Review

The Texas Education Agency shall monitor the School's compliance with federal and state laws and regulations related to services for special populations by conducting a periodic on-site review. TEA shall determine the schedule for the review.

Annual Performance Report

The Governing Board of the School shall publish an annual report describing the educational performance of the School.

The report shall include the School's performance objectives, progress toward these objectives, and the School's performance rating assigned by the Agency. Supplemental information to be included in the report shall be determined by the School's governing board.

The governing board of the School will disseminate the annual performance report to parents of enrolled students' districts that have placed students at the School, and regional education service centers. Additionally, the governing board will notify parents of enrolled students' districts which have placed students at the School, and regional education service centers, of an opportunity for public discussion of the annual performance report at a regularly scheduled board meeting. The School's planning and decision-making committee will hold at least one public meeting for the purpose of discussing the School's performance report.

By December 1 the School shall disseminate the annual performance report.

Education Code 30.005, 19 TAC 97.1012

Character Plus School

TEA shall, based on data reported by districts, annually designate as a Character Plus School each school that provides a character education program that meets the prescribed criteria and is approved by the committee selected by a district. Education Code 29.903(e)(2) [See EHBK]

Adopted:         5/20/99

Amended:       11/21/03, 1/28/11

Reviewed:       11/19/04, 11/20/09


The mission of the Texas public education system is to ensure that all Texas children have access to a quality education that enables them to achieve their full potential and fully participate now and in the future in the social, economic, and educational opportunities in our state and nation. That mission is grounded on the conviction that a general diffusion of knowledge is essential for the welfare of Texas and for the preservation of the liberties and rights of Texas citizens. It is further grounded on the conviction that a successful public education system is directly related to a strong, dedicated, and supportive family and that parental involvement in the school is essential for the maximum educational achievement of a child. The objectives of public education are:

Parents will be full partners with educators in the education of their children.

OBJECTIVE 2: Students will be encouraged and challenged to meet their full educational potential.

OBJECTIVE 3: Through enhanced dropout prevention efforts, all students will remain in school until they obtain a diploma.

OBJECTIVE 4: A well-balanced and appropriate curriculum will be provided to all students.

OBJECTIVE 5: Educators will prepare students to be thoughtful, active citizens who have an appreciation for the basic values of our state and national heritage and who can understand and productively function in a free enterprise society.

OBJECTIVE 6: Qualified and highly effective personnel will be recruited, developed, and retained.

OBJECTIVE 7: Texas students will demonstrate exemplary performance in comparison to national and international standards.

OBJECTIVE 8: School campuses will maintain a safe and disciplined environment conducive to student learning.

OBJECTIVE 9: Educators will keep abreast of the development of creative and innovative techniques in instruction and administration using those techniques as appropriate to improve student learning.

OBJECTIVE 10: Technology will be implemented and used to increase the effectiveness of student learning, instructional management, staff development, and administration.

The academic goals of public education are to serve as a foundation for a well-balanced and appropriate education. The students in the public education system will demonstrate exemplary performance in:

GOAL 1: The reading and writing of the English language.

GOAL 2: The understanding of mathematics.

GOAL 3: The understanding of science.

GOAL 4: The understanding of social studies.

Education Code 4.001, 4.002


Adopted:           9/27/91
Amended:         3/5/94, 1/24/97, 11/19/04
Reviewed:        11/13/92, 11/22/02


The mission of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) is to provide opportunities for children and youth who are visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities, to develop the skills necessary to lead vocationally, personally, and socially satisfying and productive lives.


The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired is a state agency established to serve as a special school in the continuum of statewide alternative placements for students who are 21 years of age or younger on September 1 of any school year and who have a visual impairment and who may have one or more other disabilities. The school is intended to serve students who require specialized or intensive educational or related services related to the visual impairment. The school is not intended to serve:

1.   students whose needs are appropriately addressed in a home or hospital setting or in a residential treatment facility; or

2.   students whose primary, ongoing needs are related to a severe or profound emotional, behavioral, or cognitive deficit.

The School shall conduct supplemental programs, such as summer programs and student exchange programs, and shall consider information from sources throughout the state regarding the nature of those programs and students to be served.

The School shall provide statewide services to parents of students with visual impairments, school districts, regional education service centers, and other agencies serving students with visual impairments, including students who have one or more disabilities in addition to the visual impairment, such as students who are deaf-blind. Those services must include:

1.   developing and providing local, regional, and statewide training for parents of students with visual impairments and professionals who work with persons with visual impairments;

2 .  providing consultation and technical assistance to parents and professionals related to special education and related services for students;

3.   developing and disseminating reference materials in the areas of curriculum, instructional methodology, and educational technology;

4.   providing information related to library resources, adapted materials, current research, technology resources, and teaching, assessment, and transition of students with visual impairments; and

5.    operating programs for lending educational and technological materials to school districts and regional education service centers; and.

6.   facilitating the preparation of teachers for visually impaired students by providing assistance to colleges and universities as well as other teacher preparation programs.

The School shall cooperate with public and private agencies and organizations serving students and other persons with visual impairments in the planning, development, and implementation of effective educational and rehabilitative service delivery systems associated with educating students with visual impairments. To maximize and make efficient use of state facilities, funding, and resources, the services provided in this area may include conducting a cooperative program with other agencies to serve students who have graduated from high school by completing all academic requirements applicable to students in regular education, excluding satisfactory performance on the exit-level assessment instrument, who are younger than 22 years of age on September 1 of the school year and who have identified needs related to vocational training, independent living skills, orientation and mobility, social and leisure skills, compensatory skills, or remedial academic skills.

Education Code 30.021(a)(c)(d)(e)


The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) is committed to providing excellent educational services to blind and visually impaired children and youth of Texas. TSBVI welcomes the challenge to develop and deliver educational services and facilities which will result in productive, fulfilled blind and visually impaired adults who will enjoy the same responsibilities and privileges as all citizens of Texas. These services will be provided to our students in a safe, creative, flexible, comprehensive, and cost-efficient manner.

Adopted:          5/8/81
Amended:        9/26/86, 1/29/93, 1/24/97, 11/22/02

The school is legally designated as "Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired," referred to hereafter in this policy manual as "TSBVI" or "the School."

Education Code 30.021

Adopted:          7/13/79
Amended:        5/31/90, 11/15/96
Reviewed:       11/13/92, 1/24/02


The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired derives its legal status from the Constitution of the State of Texas and from the Texas Education Code as passed and amended by the Legislature of Texas.

Texas Constitution, Art. VII; Education Code 1.002; 30.021 et seq.

Adopted:             7/13/79
Amended:          11/15/96
Reviewed:          11/13/92, 1/24/02, 11/20/09