Supplemental Virtual Courses
Current law allows all Texas students to access supplemental online courses through the Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN). These courses provide value for students with special scheduling needs, those seeking specialized courses not available in their district, or students seeking course recovery.
These supplemental courses operate with appropriate monitoring and oversight, since the Texas Education Agency (TEA) approves electronic courses and professional development for online teachers, has fiscal responsibility for the network, and evaluates full-time online schools under the statewide accountability system. Day-to-day operation of the TxVSN is contracted to Education Service Center Region 10, in collaboration with the Harris County Department of Education. To enroll in one of these programs, students must have been enrolled in the prior school year in a public school in Texas.
On average, students enrolled in one or several online courses perform as well as students enrolled full-time in traditional brick and mortar classroom settings.