During the 80th Texas Legislative Session, Senate Bill 1788 established a state virtual school network to provide online courses for Texas students. The legislation also set forth the operational, course evaluation, and professional development requirements. Region 10 Education Service Center, in collaboration with Harris County Department of Education, operates the Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN) through a contract with the Texas Education Agency. It coordinates student enrollments, ensures the eligibility of virtual school providers and their courses, provides an online catalog of approved courses, and handles data reporting requirements.
The Texas Virtual School Network first offered courses to students in Texas districts and open enrollment charter schools beginning January 2009. The inaugural catalog offered courses for students in grades 8-12 that were reviewed to ensure 100% alignment with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, as well as, the iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Courses. All courses offered through the TxVSN are provided by public school districts, open-enrollment charter schools, institutions of higher education, or education service centers. All high school courses are taught by an instructor who is Texas-certified and has completed TxVSN-approved professional development on effective online instruction. A cadre of providers has been identified to offer TxVSN-approved professional development so that instructors can meet this requirement.
TxVSN provides courses to supplement the instructional programs of public school districts and open-enrollment charter schools. Through regular review of student needs, schools will find that TxVSN online courses provide useful instructional options for students. Only full-time students may enroll through TxVSN for a maximum of two courses per semester. For additional information, visit the website at www.txvsn,org, or call TxVSN at 1-866-938-9876. You may also contact your school counselor, or call AISD’s Virtual School office at 414-0148.