The Texas Education Agency, or TEA, oversees public education, both primary and secondary, ensuring over 5 million students receive proper education. The stated mission of this agency purports to deliver leadership, resources and guidance for schools to help ensure students can compete in the global economy.
Specific roles and responsibilities of the TEA include administration of the distribution of funding to schools from state and federal sources, administration of the state-wide accountability system and assessment program, and administration of public-school system data collection. The agency also oversees the State Board of Educator Certification and assists in adopting and managing distribution of educational materials. Located in Austin, Texas, and paid for by state and federal funds, this agency also ensures schools remain in compliance with state and federal educational guidelines.