Ensuring quality private education in Texas
The Texas Private School Accreditation Commission (TEPSAC) helps ensure quality in private schools by monitoring and approving organizations that accredit the various non-public elementary and secondary educational institutions in the state of Texas.
Since 1986, the Texas Education Agency, through the Commissioner of Education, has recognized the accreditation responsibilities of TEPSAC and its affiliated non-public schools and associations. Subsequent to the establishment of TEPSAC (by 1989) direct accreditation of non-public schools by the Agency was phased out and discontinued.
The relationship of TEPSAC with the State Commissioner of Education allows for the following activities related to accredited non-public schools:
- Transferability of student credits earned in accredited non-public schools to Texas public schools
- Recognition of teacher service in accredited non-public schools for salary increment purposes in Texas public schools
- TEPSAC meetings held biannually with Agency liaisons to ensure the ongoing integrity and quality of the process
- The listing of all accredited elementary and secondary non-public schools in the Texas School Directory (http://askted.tea.state.tx.us).