ESC Region 16's Mental Health, Counseling & School Safety Services offer expert assistance,information updates and high quality training to support counselors, and other school staff members designated to ensure the mental health and safety of the children in Region 16.
These include but are not limited to:
Robin Terry, M.Ed.
Counselor Mental Health Specialist
office: 806-677-5157 cell: 806-433-7005
Mandy Abernethy, M.Ed.
Counselor Mental Health Specialist
office: 806-677-5144 cell: 806-681-1241
School Counselor Recognition
From the day to day tasks of school counseling, student schedules, crisis intervention, guidance lessons, academic advising, providing help with homelessness & necessities, and an overwhelming amount of other responsibilities; a School Counselor is typically behind the scenes making it all run smoothly. This section is dedicated to recognizing across Region 16 and the state; the amazing School Counselors and the positive impact that you make on a child's life. Encouraging and inspirational links will also be provided to appreciate and motivate School Counselors to keep doing your best work.
Texas Health and Human Services/ 211
Texas System of Care
Mental Health Texas
COVID-19 Support: General Support | Texas Education Agency
COVID19 Grief & Trauma Informed Virtual Support
Texas Model for Comprehensive School Counseling Programs 5th Edition
TEA Mental and Behavioral Health Contact Information: Office of Special Populations and Monitoring Mental and Behavioral Health Team (512)-463-9414
Julie Wayman, Mental/Behavioral Health Coordinator
Natalie Fikac, Ed. D., AWARE Texas State Coordinator
Each school district must report the academic achievement record (AAR) of students who have completed a minimum, recommended, advanced (distinguished), or foundation high school program. The transcript forms must include the required standard content for the AAR. The words “academic achievement record” and “transcript” are interchangeable. The form must serve as the academic record for each student and must be maintained permanently by the district.
Note: The AAR standards have not been updated by TEA since 2012
TEA Academic Achievement Record(opens external link in new window)
PEIMS Data Standards(opens external link in new window) For use on 2015-16 school year
Texas Education Data Standards (TSDS)(opens external link in new window)
Sample Form A(opens external link in new window)
Sample Form B(opens external link in new window)
New! Student Attendance Accounting Handbook(opens external link in new window)
Indicators(opens external link in new window)
Frequently asked questions(opens external link in new window)
New! 110 percent as of 2019 (Google Sheet)(opens Excel document)
State Performance Plan Indicator 14 Update
ELO Data Collection Form(opens PDF document)
ELO Data Collection Form II
This document contains course translations for 10th, 11th and 12th grades
Mexican Course Translations
The following code applies to all students entering grade 9 in 2014-2015 and thereafter, or who entered grade 9 prior to the 2014-2015 school year and opted to graduate under the Foundation High School Programs. These students will graduate under TAC Chapter 74.
34 Foundation High School Program
TAC Chapter 74.1021, revised December 16, 2013, TAC 74.12; including TAC §89.1070(b)(1) for students receiving special education services, revised August 1, 2002. (for students who entered grade 9 in 2014-2015 and thereafter or entered grade 9 prior to the 2014-2015 school year and opted to graduate under the Foundation High School Program)
The following code applies only to students receiving special education and related services who entered grade 9 in 2014-2015 and thereafter or who entered grade 9 prior to the 2014-2015 school year and opted to graduate under the Foundation High School Program. These students will graduate under TAC Chaper 89.
35 Completion of Minimum Curriculum And Credit Requirements for Graduation Applicable To Students In General Education And Participated In The Exit-Level Assessment Instrument Identified in The IEP-Foundation High School Program
TAC 89.1070(b)(1), revised January 1, 2015. [39 TexReg 10446]
The following codes will apply only to students receiving special education services on the Foundation High School Program under TAC Chapter 74 with curriculum content modifications through the student's individualized education program (IEP).
54 Completion Of IEP And Full-Time Employment With Sufficient Self-Help Skills To Maintain Employment Without Public School Services
TAC §89.1070(b)(2)(A), effective January 1, 2015 [39 TexReg 10446]
55 Completion Of IEP And Demonstrated Mastery Of Specific Employability And Self-Help Skills That Do Not Require Public School Services
TAC §89.1070(b)(2)(B), effective January 1, 2015 [39 TexReg 10446]
56 Completion Of IEP And Access To Services, Employment, Or Education Outside Of Public Education
TAC §89.1070(b)(2)(C), effective January 1, 2015 [39 TexReg 10446]
57 Completion Of IEP And Reached Age 22
Foundation: TAC §89.1070(b)(2)(D), effective January 1, 2015 [39 TexReg 10446]
For assistance with the PEIMS Data Standards contact the PEIMS Office at PeimsCustomerSupport@tea.state.tx.us
ESC Region 12 Guide to Transfer Credit(opens external link in new window)
New! Interstate Compact on Education Opportunity for Military Children from TEA
High School Graduation 4x4 Checklist
HB 5 Grad Checklist 10-18
Personal Graduation Plans(opens external link in new window)
This document provides information about Personal Graduation Plans from TEA.
ESC Region 12 Diploma Guidance Plan(opens external link in new window)
TEA State Graduation Requirements(opens external link in new window)
House Bill 5: Foundation High School Program(opens external link in new window)
Requirements for Minimum High School Program(opens external link in new window)
Credit and Grade Placement(opens external link in new window)
Credit by Examination(opens external link in new window)
Automatic College Admission(opens external link in new window)
Official State Board of Education Administrative Rules Regarding Graduation Requirements
The State Board of Education (SBOE) has authority over graduation requirements for Texas public school students. Access SBOE rules on graduation:
For information on high school graduation requirements for students who entered high school before 2001-2002, please contact the Curriculum Division.
Student Record Requirements(opens external link in new window)
New! Texas Records Exchange - TEA
The Student Assessment Division manages and oversees the development, administration, scoring, and analysis of the Texas assessment program, which includes the following assessments:
The CO22 table is a set of service IDs in the PEIMS system for specific types of records. Each area has a set of codes designed to help schools with assigning personnel, courses and completion by students.
Special education means specially-designed instruction, at no cost to parents, to meet the unique needs of the child with a disability, including instruction conducted in the classroom, in the home, in hospitals and institutions, and in other settings; and instruction in physical education.
Region 16 Special Education Services
Texas’ student assessment program is designed to measure the extent to which a student has learned and is able to apply the defined knowledge and skills at each tested grade or course level.
Learn more on TEA's website(opens external link in new window)
The University Interscholastic League exists to provide educational extracurricular academic, athletic, and music contests. The UIL was created by The University of Texas at Austin in 1910 and has grown into the largest inter-school organization of its kind in the world.
University Interscholastic League(opens external link in new window)
Our programs are designed to boost lifelong learning and potential for success in schools and workplaces around the world. We're passionate about making a difference in all we do. Whether it's guiding students along their learning paths, enabling companies to develop their workforce, fostering parent, teacher, and counselor understanding of student progress, guiding job seekers toward career success, or informing policymakers about education and workforce issues.
ACT(opens external link in new window)
ApplyTexas was created through a collaborative effort between the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the colleges and universities represented on the site. The goal of the project is to offer a centralized means for both Texas and non-Texas students to apply to the many outstanding postsecondary institutions available in Texas.
ApplyTexas(opens external link in new window)
Students who graduate with a grade point average in the top of their high school graduating class may be eligible for certain privileges when applying to college.
The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity.
Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.
College Board(opens external link in new window)
New! College Board Counselor Resources
The Texas Education Code (TEC), §28.023, allows students in primary grades to accelerate a grade level and students in secondary academic courses to earn credit for a course on the basis credit by examination. Credit-by-examination assessments (CBEs) must be approved by each local board of trustees.
Credit by Examination from TEA(opens external link in new window)
College Board CLEP(opens external link in new window)
Dual credit allows high school students to enroll in college classes and receive credit for both high school and college requirements.
Texas Common Course Numbering System(opens external link in new window)
Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. At the office of Federal Student Aid, our 1,200 employees help make college education possible for every dedicated mind by providing more than $150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to more than 13 million students paying for college or career school. We are proud to sponsor millions of American minds pursuing their educational dreams.
FAFSA(opens external link in new window)
Federal Student Aid Resources for FAFSA Outreach(opens PDF document)
Best Colleges: Understanding the FAFSA(opens external link in new window)
The CTE resource center is a one-stop shop for
CTE professional development, instructional
materials, and program information. Many new
CTE teachers come from business and industry,
and need additional support and resources to
be successful in the classroom.
Visit the Texas CTE Resource Center from TEA
(opens external link in new window)
Texas has now launched 60x30TX, the new higher education strategic plan which aims to position Texas among the highest achieving states in the country and maintain its global competitiveness. 60x30TX is entirely student-centered: its overarching goal is that 60 percent of young adults (25-34) in Texas will hold some type of postsecondary credential by 2030. It also proposes that these graduates will have marketable skills regardless of major and that, statewide, students will not graduate with debt exceeding 60 percent of their first-year wages.
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board(opens external link in new window)
Texas OnCourse empowers you—pre-K through grade 12 students, parents, teachers, and counselors—to make decisions that will help you, your child or your students succeed after high school. It is the result of three Texas government agencies pooling our resources, with the help of UT Austin, in one easy-to-navigate site.
Texas OnCourse(opens external link in new window)
The TSI Assessment (TSIA) is part of the Texas Success Initiative program designed to help your college or university determine if you are ready for college-level course work in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics.
The new higher education plan, 60x30TX, focuses on this common goal by striving for 60 percent of the 25- to 34-year-old Texas population to hold a certificate or degree by 2030. The plan seeks to increase student success through the combined expertise and resources of many stakeholders. Because of these collaborative efforts, Texas institutions of higher education will have more opportunities to grow, which will enrich students and the state.
About 60x30TX(opens external link in new window)
Developmental Asset Profile (DAP)(opens external link in new window)
The Youth and Program Strengths survey (YAPS)(opens external link in new window)
The Attitudes and Behaviors Survey (A&B)(opens external link in new window)
2019 Legislative Updates Related to School Health, Safety & Discipline
SB 11 Detailed Summary
Presentations provided here are required within TEA Legislative Law
This workshop will provide best practices during a Suicide crisis situation; including, recognizing signs, symptoms, and interventions to help students and to prepare for students return to campus and/or serving students & campuses after a suicide death.
Session #782612 - November 20,2020
Suicide Prevention Intervention Postvention Participant Slides.pdf
TEA is providing free webinars on Human Trafficking. Click on this link for more information: HUMAN TRAFFICKING SERIES
We are providing a few One Page fliers to use with staff and parents as we begin a different school year:
Anxiety during the COVID19 crisis
COVID 19 and the Grief Process
Depression during COVID19 crisis
School Climate during COVID19 crisis
COVID19 and Trauma
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