Why School Actions?


Persistent challenges require powerful solutions. Leaders need the resources and support to reimagine schools for the future and provide learning opportunities families want and need. 

School Actions are a comprehensive and bold approach to increase the number of students in top-rated schools across the state.

The Texas Education Agency is committed to relentlessly increasing the number of students in great schools. One way TEA will increase the number of students in great schools is by providing a series of playbooks featuring evidence-based, Effective Schools Framework-aligned (ESF) models that can be replicated across the state. Each playbook will allow leaders to consider what’s possible and offer a framework that provides a solid launching pad. View the School Model Playbooks on the Resources page.

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What are School Actions? 

School Actions are a way for districts to improve by expanding what’s working and replacing or redesigning what’s not working

SAF deliberately supports models with the highest likelihood of success including: 

  • restarting an existing school; 
  • redesigning an existing school; 
  • creating a brand new school; or 
  • thoughtfully reassigning students to higher performing campuses after school closure. 

All School Actions are aligned with the Effective Schools Framework (ESF), and include high-impact tutoring and extended learning time.

For eligible campuses, the School Action Fund provides grant funds and technical assistance to support the successful planning and implementation of School Actions, as well as a broader continuous improvement strategy that extends beyond individual campuses to the entire district.

Tools & Resources

  • Access to tailored tools and resources from TEA
  • Community of practice, including current and former SAF districts

Technical Assistance 

  • Pre-approved TA providers with deep content expertise to support planning and implementation.


  • Planning, implementation, and sustainability funding totaling $200K-$1.2M per school.


School Action Fund Webinars

Want to learn more about School Actions? Schedule a quick call with us for answers to your specific questions or view SCHOOL ACTION FUND WEBINARS and SLIDE DECKS in our resource library!

SCHOOL ACTION FUND OVERVIEW: The Who, What, When, And Why Of School Actions

Next Live: Coming soon…

If you can't attend, you can download the School Action Fund Overview Webinar Recording  +  Deck


Contact Us

The Center for School Actions team is here to support you!

Contact us to:

  • Identify if School Actions are right for you and your schools
  • Learn how to effectively plan for School Actions
  • Receive application support for the SAF grant program
  • Be added to our Email Updates List