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State Compensatory Education


Guidelines for Compensatory Education Programs

Compensatory education is defined in law as programs and/or services designed to supplement the regular education program for students identified as at risk of dropping out of school. The purpose is to increase the academic achievement and reduce the drop out rate of these students.

 Compensatory Education Goals

The goal of state compensatory education is to reduce any disparity in performance on assessment instruments administered under Subchapter B, Chapter 39, or disparity in the rates of high school completion between students at risk of dropping out of school and all other district students (Section 29.081, Texas Education Code).

Compensatory Education Objectives

State compensatory education funds were authorized by the legislature to provide financial support for programs and/or services designed by school districts to increase the achievement of students at risk of dropping out of school. State law, Section 29.081, Texas Education Code, requires districts to use student performance data from the state's legislatively-mandated assessment instrument known as the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) tests and any other achievement tests administered under Subchapter B, Chapter 39, of the Texas Education Code, including norm-referenced tests approved by the State Board of Education to provide accelerated intensive instruction to students who have not performed satisfactorily or who are at risk of dropping out of school.

State Criteria for Identification of Students At Risk of Dropping Out of School

Section 29.081 of the Texas Education code defines the State criteria used to identify students at risk of dropping out of school.

A student at risk of dropping out of school includes each student who is under 21 years of age and who:

1. Is in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten or grade 1, 2, or 3, and did not perform satisfactorily on a readiness test or assessment instrument administered during the current school year;

2. Is in grade 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12, and did not maintain an average equivalent to 70 on a scale of 100 in two or more subjects in the foundation curriculum during a semester in the preceding or current school year or is not maintaining such an average in two or more subjects in the foundation curriculum in the current semester;

3. Was not advanced from one grade level to the next for one or more school years;

4. Did not perform satisfactorily on an assessment instrument administered to the student under Subchapter B, Chapter 39, and who has not in the previous or current school year subsequently performed on that instrument or another appropriate instrument at a level equal to at least 110 percent of the level of satisfactory performance on that instrument;

5. Is pregnant or is a parent;

6. Has been placed in an alternative education program in accordance with Section 37.006 during the preceding or current school year;

7. Has been expelled in accordance with Section 37.007 during the preceding or current school year.

8. Is currently on parole, probation, deferred prosecution, or other conditional release;

9. Was previously reported through the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) to have dropped out of school;

10. Is a student of limited English proficiency, as defined by Section 29.052;

11. Is in the custody or care of the Department of Protective and Regulatory Services or has, during the current school year, been referred to the department by a school official, officer of the juvenile court, or law enforcement official;

12. Is homeless, as defined by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvement Act of 2001, Section 725; or

13. Resided in the preceding school year or resides in the current school year in a residential placement facility in the district, including a detention facility, substance abuse treatment facility, emergency shelter, psychiatric hospital, halfway house, or foster group home

Funding of Compensatory Education Program

Funding for State Compensatory Education is based on the number of students reported on the free or reduced price lunch count. students who reside in residential placement facilities in which the student's parent or legal guardian do not reside, students who are parents that attend school full time, and military dependent students.  Allocations for theses funds are based on the number of educationally disadvantaged students on each campus.

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