Community and University Partnerships-Student Success Initiative


The TEA Community Partnerships/Student Success Initiative provides grants and technical support to Texas public school districts and open enrollment charter schools in low income communities by leveraging community, academic, and government support to provide solutions for school and community improvement.


Consistent with the General Appropriations Act, 86th Legislature, Texas Education Agency Rider 43 Student Success Initiative, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) shall award grants to schools with high percentages of students who do not perform satisfactorily on relevant state assessments, and that serve the most struggling neighborhoods, as determined by the Commissioner, to implement a comprehensive support program that increases the number of students performing on grade level by leveraging academic, community, and governmental supports. The Commissioner shall prioritize issuing awards based on applications that demonstrate a commitment to improved outcomes on clear performance measures.

The Vision of the Community Partnerships initiative is to support significant improvements in educational and developmental outcomes for children and youth who live in struggling communities by providing access to great schools and access to a system of high-quality community, academic, and government resources from birth through college and a career.

Community Partnerships/Student Success Initiative (SSI) Framework

TEA has identified four systems of practices for turning around struggling schools and communities.
I. Community Partnerships Program Design
II. Delivering Effective Schools and Academic Programs
III. Ensuring Families are engaged with the schools and have access to partnering agency resources
IV. Developing strong and intentional community partnerships

College and University Partnerships

The Collaborative Partnership between TEA and the College/University focuses on problems of practice and supports the development of partnerships between researchers or college level personnel assisting struggling public schools working with the intent to improve schools by advancing the relevance of education research, and/or by bridging the gap between educational theory and the everyday work of practitioners and policymakers.

Types of College and University Partnerships

School Improvement    School Redesign    School Action   

Improve campus practice on foundational aspects of schooling:

  • School Culture
  • Teacher Development
  • Data Driven Instruction
  • Curriculum Alignment
  • Educational Leadership and Counseling Development
  • Early College High School(s) PTECH High School(s)  
  • Math Innovation Zones  
  •  Rural School Innovation Zones 
  •  College Advisory/Financial Literacy 
  •  Mentor Programs 
  •  Project Graduation 
  • Summer Bridge
  • New School (district managed) 
  •  New school (partner managed)
  •  Replication (partner managed)  
  • Restart (partner managed) Reassign


Additional Resources

SSI Texas Community Partnership Schools

Community Partnerships Program Details (PDF, 438KB)

Community Tool Box (Enter Access Key: ABC123)