Skip to main content

Helpful Links

Helpful Links


Click here to check out ASCA's Resources regarding the "Role of a School Counselor"



Click here to see our ESC 18 Counselor Connections

ESC18 Counselor Connections

Scholar bird with capSupporting Texas Counselors


  • One Collaborative location designed to support the work of counselors in Texas.
  • Categories include:
    • Academic Preparation and Support
    • Administrative Tasks
    • College and Career Readiness
    • Student Support 
    • Elementary Guidance Counseling
  • Scholar is an organized collection of resources and information separated into 4 categories relative to typical duties of school counselors.  
  • Important online resources and links are provided for you including that of TEA, THECB, and other sites so you can have pertinent information at your fingertips.
  • Additional resources may be added or removed as needed, based on identified needs.
  • Please contact your local Region 18 Counselor team to assist you with any questions that arise.

Image CK L

Adoption of Rules for Alternative Graduation Requirements for Students Who Entered Grade Nine Prior to 2011-2012

In accordance with Senate Bill (SB) 463, 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2017, the following commissioner’s rules have been filed as adopted with the Texas Register:

Adopted New 19 TAC Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter BB, Commissioner's Rules Concerning High School Graduation, §74.1027, Diplomas for Certain Students Who Entered Grade 9 Before 2011-2012 School Year

SB 463 required the commissioner of education to establish criteria to allow individuals who entered high school prior to the 2011-2012 school year and who successfully completed all the curriculum requirements for graduation, but who did not perform successfully on the required state assessment after at least three attempts to qualify for graduation (TEC §74.1027). The new rules establish which individuals may be eligible to graduate and receive a high school diploma by meeting certain alternative requirements in accordance with TEC, §28.02541.

Adopted new 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), §74.1027, Diplomas for Certain Individuals Who Entered Grade 9 Before 2011-2012 School Year, will be effective May 3, 2018. Once effective, districts may begin applying the new rules, which will be available in 19 TAC, Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter BB. Commissioner's Rules Concerning High School Graduation at


Thank you for your commitment to serving Texas students.

Curriculum Standards and Student Support Division



Statutory References

TEC and TAC References 

**Testing Requirements

**Grad. Assessment Requirements


**Scoring and Reporting

**Testing Calendar



**Other Assessment Requirements





Image AH L

Click here for additional resources for School Safety