Student Attendance Accounting Handbook

State law requires that every Texas school district adopts an attendance accounting system that includes procedures to ensure the accurate recording and reporting of student attendance data. The Student Attendance Accounting Handbook (SAAH) contains the official attendance accounting requirements that all public school districts and open-enrollment charter schools in Texas must meet. The agency collects student attendance data primarily to ensure that Foundation School Program (FSP) funds can be correctly allocated to Texas’s public schools.

The SAAH

  • describes the FSP eligibility requirements for all students,
  • prescribes the minimum standards for all attendance accounting systems,
  • lists the documentation requirements for attendance audit purposes, and
  • details the responsibilities of all district personnel involved in student attendance accounting.

The final version of the adopted 2023-2024 Student Attendance Accounting Handbook (SAAH) and an updated change document has been added to the table below.

SAAH PDF Version Change Document PDF Version
2023-2024 Handbook, Adopted PDF, 4,429KB 2023-2024 Change Document PDF, 1,136KB
2022-2023 Handbook, Adopted PDF, 4,557KB 2022-2023 Change Document PDF, 1,014KB
2021-2022 Handbook, Adopted PDF, 4,493KB 2021-2022 Change Document PDF, 1,032KB
2020-2021 Handbook, Adopted PDF, 5,685KB 2020-2021 Change Document PDF, 622 KB
2019-2020 Handbook Version 2, Adopted PDF, 4,238 KB 2019-2020 Change Document Version 2 PDF, 422 KB
2019-2020 Handbook, Adopted PDF, 2,550 KB 2019-2020 Change Document PDF, 3,710 KB
2018-2019 Handbook, Adopted PDF, 2,544 KB 2018-2019 Change Document PDF, 398 KB
2017-2018 Handbook, Adopted PDF, 2,519 KB 2017-2018 Change Document PDF, 340 KB
2016-2017 Handbook, Adopted PDF, 2,718 KB 2016-2017 Change Document PDF, 916 KB
2015–2016 Handbook, Adopted PDF, 4,270 KB 2015–2016 Change Document PDF, 448 KB
2014–2015 Handbook PDF, 2,394 KB 2014–2015 Change Document PDF, 1,784 KB
2013–2014 Handbook PDF, 1,725 KB 2013–2014 Change Document PDF, 778 KB
2012–2013 Handbook PDF, 1,761 KB 2012–2013 Change Document PDF, 1,169 KB
2011–2012 Handbook Version 2 PDF, 1,547 KB 2011–2012 Change Document Version 2 PDF, 472 KB
2011–2012 Handbook PDF, 1,547 KB 2011–2012 Change Document PDF, 839 KB
2010–2011 Handbook Version 2 PDF, 3,635 KB 2010–2011 Change Document Version 2 PDF, 81 KB
2010–2011 Handbook PDF, 3,594 KB 20092010 Change Document Version 2 PDF, 484 KB

SAAHTexas Administrative CodeRules

Commissioner of Education Rule

State Board of Education Rules

Additional Resources

Following are additional resources related to the SAAH:

Contact Information

Joe Herrera (512) 463-7708 or joe.herrera@tea.texas.gov

Padmaja Sathyanarayan (512) 475-2012 orpadmaja.sathyanarayan@tea.texas.gov

Financial Compliance Division
Phone: (512) 463-9095
Fax: (512) 463-1777
Email: attendance@tea.texas.gov