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Until 1989, the state of Texas, the Texas Education Agency (TEA), was responsible for accrediting both public and private schools. Limited resources caused TEA to end this service for private schools, and in 1986, and a private commission was created called the Texas Private School Accreditation Commission (TEPSAC). TEPSAC ensures quality in private schools through well-run monitoring organizations whose accrediting criteria are constantly evaluated and updated.
The Texas Commissioner of Education recognizes the accreditation commission, which allows for the transfer of student credits earned in accredited non‐public schools to Texas public schools, and recognizes teacher service in accredited private schools for compensation purposes in Texas public schools. Texas private schools are accredited by one of 17 agencies approved by the TEPSAC.
Why is Accreditation Important?
In addition to accepting transfer credits between schools, another benefit is that accreditation puts a stamp of approval on graduates. Graduating from an accredited school indicates that graduates are ready to study at a college level. This is important to colleges and universities when reviewing a new student acceptance.