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)
Texas Education Data Standards (TSDS)
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TSDS Web-Enabled Data Standards(opens external link in new window)
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At Risk Indicator Defined
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State Compensatory Education FAQ (pg. 6)
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State law requires every Texas school district to adopt an attendance accounting system that includes procedures to ensure the accurate recording and reporting of student attendance data. The Student Attendance Accounting Handbook (SAAH) contains the official attendance accounting requirements that all public school districts and open-enrollment charter schools in Texas must meet. The agency collects student attendance data primarily to ensure that Foundation School Program (FSP) funds can be correctly allocated to Texas’s public schools.
TEA Attendance Accounting Handbook
Credit may only be awarded to a student who completed coursework that met all of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for a state-approved course. Texas Administrative Code §74.26(a)(2) requires that all records or transcripts of an out-of-state or out-of-country transfer student must be evaluated. As stated, to award credit for a course a district must determine that the course met all of the TEKS. A district could refuse to award credit if they determined that the student was not proficient in the TEKS for the course. The district could also request that the student take a credit by exam in order to determine proficiency in the subject matter.
Texas Administrative Code 74.26(a)(2)
This document contains course translations for 10th, 11th and 12th grades
Mexican Course Translations
Texas OnCourse provided Financial Aid Toolkits for:
TSDS Web-Enabled Data Standards
Graduation Type Code
Make sure you're coding your Special Education graduates correctly with the flow chart.
New Grad Flow Chart.pdf
For more assistance with PEIMS Reporting Contact:
Texas Education Agency (TEA)
PEIMS Reporting Unit
Research and Analysis Division
(512) 475-3523 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
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:
The Texas Records Exchange (TREx) system is a web-based software application designed for the exchange of electronic student records as mandated by the 79th Legislature, 3rd Called Session, 2006 (House Bill 1). Using the TREx application, school registrars can electronically request and receive student records for students who have attended or will be attending Texas public schools. High school registrars and counselors can electronically create and send official student transcripts to Texas public colleges and universities using TREx to access the SPEEDE server.
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:
TEA Student Assessment Division
TEA Testing(opens external link in new window)
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
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)
NCAA Eligibility Center
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.
TEA Graduation Information
College for All Texans
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)
FAFSA(opens external link in new window)
Federal Student Aid Toolkit for Counselors
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
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
86th Legislative Conclusion
86th Legislative Session Affection Counselors
86th Legislative Briefing Book 2019.pdf
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
Professional Development Registration is ready for Fall 2021.
Fall 2021 Workshop Schedule
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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