The Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) operates year-round educational programs for incarcerated youth ages 10 through 19 within each of its institutional schools. Principals and teachers at the schools are TJJD employees.
At TJJD halfway houses and some contract facilities, TJJD executes memorandums of understanding with local school districts to provide formal education.
The TJJD Board provides policy to guide those areas of the instructional program that require board leadership.
Education accountability criteria appropriately measure academic results for youth at TJJD facilities. The accountability system addresses improvement gains in reading and math and completion of a general educational development (GED) certificate or a diploma of graduation under the requirements of the Texas Education Agency and the State Board of Education. (see Graduation Resources below) In addition TJJD-operated schools are held accountable for average daily attendance (ADA).
Youth committed to TJJD function, on average, four to five years below expected grade level for their ages. Nonetheless, they participate in all required state assessments as well as the nationally standardized Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE).
A youth's educational progress is a consideration in determining the youth's overall achievement in completing his or her personal rehabilitation plan. A youth has the opportunity to, explore career options, earn industry certifications, earn course credits toward high school graduation, and/or obtain a GED.
Youth who have graduated or completed a GED may also pursue college credits and/or special vocational certificates, depending on available resources and meeting program entry requirements. Dual credit courses are also offered as an option for high school students.