State Compensatory Education
Under Section 29.081 of the Texas Education Code (TEC), 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 academic achievement and reduce the drop out rate of these students.
The goal of state compensatory education is to reduce any disparity in performance on assessment instruments administered under Subchapter B, Chapter 39 TEC or disparity in the rates of high school completion between students at risk of dropping out of school and all other LEA students (TEC Section 29.081.)
Under House Bill 5 high school students are now required to pass five State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) end-of-course exams to meet the new graduation requirements. There are exams that are no longer being required and some students were classified as at-risk based on their failure on the assessments that are no longer in use.
A student who was identified as at risk based on this category last year should continue to be identified as at risk this school year, but the at risk status should be removed at the end of this school year.
The LEA should also determine whether the student meets any of the other criteria under TEC §29.081(d). An LEA should also review local eligibility criteria adopted by the board of trustees in accordance with TEC §29.081(g) to determine whether the student is eligible for services/supports.
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