Texas Association of Student Councils 

The Texas Association of Student Councils (TASC) is a non-profit organization serving high school and middle level student councils in Texas. Sponsored by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, TASC is the Texas Affiliate of the National Association of Student Councils.

Its purposes are to develop leadership abilities in students, promote democracy as a way of life and establish and uphold high standards for local councils. Organized in 1937, TASC has grown to serve more than 1400 member schools in Texas. Any elementary, middle level, junior or senior high school, public, parochial or private, may become a member of this organization by paying the annual membership.  TASC also offers Associate Memberships for like-minded individuals and organizations.

TASC understands what it takes to be a student leader and advisor. It's about a desire to make schools and communities better every day. But no one leader or council can do this alone. And that's where our association comes in. We are here to support student leaders and their advisors with training, resources, and connection.

Vision:  A successful community creating a pathway to leadership

Mission: TASC promotes, develops, and empowers leadership development through student councils and advisors in Texas schools.


  • We believe in a powerful student voice.
  • We believe in the journey of leadership.
  • We believe in building a strong web of support.
  • We believe that leadership skills can be learned and enhanced.

      TASC Statement Regarding Social Justice 


  • TASC will develop leadership skills, empower student voice, and positively impact school and community culture and climate.
  • TASC will enhance the journey of leadership for students, advisors, and their councils by providing training and a network of support.
  • TASC will offer strategic support at the local and district level.
  • TASC will advocate for successful student council programs. 

Student Council Overview:

A Student Council is a group of elected and volunteer students, working together with an adult advisor within the framework of a constitution or bylaws, to provide a means for student voice and assistance in school affairs and activities, and to give opportunities for student experience in leadership and encourage student / faculty / community relations. We seek to represent and be representative of all students in the school, to build schools where students and staff want to be, and to develop leaders who continually work to shape a better world for all.

Through projects and activities, student councils work to:


TASC Services and Activities: 


  • Provides the Advisor’s Resource Guide
  • Provides new advisor support
  • Promotes statewide projects in which each local student council may participate
  • Publishes multiple e-newsletters and communications
  • Offers consultative help at District Conventions
  • Offers consultative help to local advisors by e-mail and phone
  • Maintains liaison with State and Government youth organizations
  • Encourages secondary principals to organize new councils and to promote student council work
  • Provides student leadership training materials for use on individual school campuses, including a curriculum guide for a TEA approved leadership course
  • Maintains list of Endorsed Programs for support
  • Provides a "Plan Your Year" Calendar


  • State Annual Conference (High School) each year in the spring
  • Multiple four-night Summer Leadership Workshops during June and July to train local officers and members
  • One Day Leadership Workshops for Middle Level
  • Develops Advisor Training for Summer Workshops
  • Two Advanced Leadership Workshops each year (one in January and one in February)
  • Middle Level State Annual Conference in the fall
  • State Workshop for Advisors each year in September
  • Leadership Workshop Manual for Summer Workshop participants
  • District President and Advisor training
  • Manages the TEA Approved Student Leadership Course
  • The TASC Facebook fan page is: TASC_StuCo. To have videos or photos posted, send them to the TASC State Secretary or Patty Wangler.
  • To follow TASC tweets through your texting service, text "follow @TASC _StuCo" to 40404
  • TASC is also on Instagram: tasc_stuco


  • Sponsors the TASC officer school students' attendance at an out of state conference
  • Organizes the Texas delegation to an out of state conference
  • Cooperates with Commissioner of Education in selecting delegates to attend the Senate Youth Conference in Washington D.C.
  • Participates in the NSC program, RSVP (Raising Student Voice and Participation)
  • Is a state affiliate of the Alliance for Student Activities (publications and resources for advisors)


  • TASC Board policy allows out-of-state schools and other student leadership groups to participate in TASC activities. An associate membership is open to all like minded groups and individuals.
  • TASC Summer Leadership Workshops
  • TASC Advanced Leadership Workshops
  • TASC Advisors’ Workshop
  • ML and HS Annual Conferences
  • Student Leadership Curriculum Academy (state credit course)

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