Texas Education Code

Sec. § 29.081
Compensatory, Intensive, and Accelerated Instruction


(a)

Each school district shall use the student performance data resulting from the basic skills assessment instruments and achievement tests administered under Subchapter B (Essential Skills and Knowledge), Chapter 39 (Public School System Accountability), to design and implement appropriate compensatory, intensive, or accelerated instructional services for students in the district’s schools that enable the students to be performing at grade level at the conclusion of the next regular school term.

(b)

Each district shall provide accelerated instruction to a student enrolled in the district who has taken an end-of-course assessment instrument administered under Section 39.023 (Adoption and Administration of Instruments)(c) and has not performed satisfactorily on the assessment instrument or who is at risk of dropping out of school.

(b-1)

Each school district shall offer before the next scheduled administration of the assessment instrument, without cost to the student, additional accelerated instruction to each student in any subject in which the student failed to perform satisfactorily on an end-of-course assessment instrument required for graduation.

(b-2)

A district that is required to provide accelerated instruction under Subsection (b-1) shall separately budget sufficient funds, including funds under Section 48.104 (Compensatory Education Allotment), for that purpose.

(b-3)

A district shall evaluate the effectiveness of accelerated instruction programs under Subsection (b-1) and annually hold a public hearing to consider the results.

(c)

Each school district shall evaluate and document the effectiveness of the accelerated instruction in reducing any disparity in performance on assessment instruments administered under Subchapter B (Essential Skills and Knowledge), Chapter 39 (Public School System Accountability), or disparity in the rates of high school completion between students at risk of dropping out of school and all other district students.

(d)

For purposes of this section, “student at risk of dropping out of school” includes each student who is under 26 years of age and who:

(1)

was not advanced from one grade level to the next for one or more school years;

(2)

if the student is in grade 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12, 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)

did not perform satisfactorily on an assessment instrument administered to the student under Subchapter B (Essential Skills and Knowledge), Chapter 39 (Public School System Accountability), 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;

(4)

if the student is in prekindergarten, kindergarten, or grade 1, 2, or 3, did not perform satisfactorily on a readiness test or assessment instrument administered during the current school year;

(5)

is pregnant or is a parent;

(6)

has been placed in an alternative education program in accordance with Section 37.006 (Removal for Certain Conduct) during the preceding or current school year;

(7)

has been expelled in accordance with Section 37.007 (Expulsion for Serious Offenses) 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 (Definitions);

(11)

is in the custody or care of the Department of Family and Protective 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 42 U.S.C. Section 11302, and its subsequent amendments;

(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, cottage home operation, specialized child-care home, or general residential operation; or

(14)

has been incarcerated or has a parent or guardian who has been incarcerated, within the lifetime of the student, in a penal institution as defined by Section 1.07 (Definitions), Penal Code.

(d)

For purposes of this section, “student at risk of dropping out of school” includes each student who:

(1)

is under 26 years of age and who:

(A)

was not advanced from one grade level to the next for one or more school years;

(B)

if the student is in grade 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12, 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;

(C)

did not perform satisfactorily on an assessment instrument administered to the student under Subchapter B (Essential Skills and Knowledge), Chapter 39 (Public School System Accountability), 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;

(D)

if the student is in prekindergarten, kindergarten, or grade 1, 2, or 3, did not perform satisfactorily on a readiness test or assessment instrument administered during the current school year;

(E)

is pregnant or is a parent;

(F)

has been placed in an alternative education program in accordance with Section 37.006 (Removal for Certain Conduct) during the preceding or current school year;

(G)

has been expelled in accordance with Section 37.007 (Expulsion for Serious Offenses) during the preceding or current school year;

(H)

is currently on parole, probation, deferred prosecution, or other conditional release;

(I)

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

(J)

is a student of limited English proficiency, as defined by Section 29.052 (Definitions);

(K)

is in the custody or care of the Department of Family and Protective 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;

(L)

is homeless; or

(M)

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, cottage home operation, specialized child-care home, or general residential operation; or

(2)

regardless of the student’s age, participates in an adult education program provided under a high school diploma and industry certification charter school program under Section 29.259 (Adult High School Diploma and Industry Certification Charter School Program).

(d-1)

Notwithstanding Subsection (d)(1)(A), a student is not considered a student at risk of dropping out of school if the student did not advance from prekindergarten or kindergarten to the next grade level only as the result of the request of the student’s parent.

(e)

A school district may use a private or public community-based dropout recovery education program to provide alternative education programs for students at risk of dropping out of school. The program may be offered:

(1)

at a campus; or

(2)

through the use of an Internet online program that leads to a high school diploma and prepares the student to enter the workforce.

(e-1)

A campus-based dropout recovery education program must:

(1)

provide not less than four hours of instructional time per day;

(2)

employ as faculty and administrators persons with baccalaureate or advanced degrees;

(3)

provide at least one instructor for each 28 students;

(4)

perform satisfactorily according to performance indicators and accountability standards adopted for alternative education programs by the commissioner; and

(5)

comply with this title and rules adopted under this title except as otherwise provided by this subsection.

(e-2)

An Internet online dropout recovery education program must:

(1)

include as a part of its curriculum credentials, certifications, or other course offerings that relate directly to employment opportunities in the state;

(2)

employ as faculty and administrators persons with baccalaureate or advanced degrees;

(3)

provide an academic coach and local advocate for each student;

(4)

use an individual learning plan to monitor each student’s progress;

(5)

establish satisfactory requirements for the monthly progress of students according to standards set by the commissioner;

(6)

provide a monthly report to the student’s school district regarding the student’s progress;

(7)

perform satisfactorily according to performance indicators and accountability standards adopted for alternative education programs by the commissioner; and

(8)

comply with this title and rules adopted under this title except as otherwise provided by this subsection.

(f)

The commissioner shall include students in attendance in a program under Subsection (e) in the computation of the district’s average daily attendance for funding purposes.

(g)

In addition to students described by Subsection (d), a student who satisfies local eligibility criteria adopted by the board of trustees of a school district may receive instructional services under this section. The number of students receiving services under this subsection during a school year may not exceed 10 percent of the number of students described by Subsection (d) who received services from the district during the preceding school year.
Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1588, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 30, 1999; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 725, Sec. 1, 2, eff. June 13, 2001.
Amended by:
Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1312 (S.B. 1031), Sec. 4, eff. September 1, 2007.
Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 690 (H.B. 2703), Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 2009.
Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 211 (H.B. 5), Sec. 20, eff. June 10, 2013.
Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 317 (H.B. 7), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2017.
Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1094 (H.B. 3706), Sec. 1, eff. June 15, 2017.
Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 403 (S.B. 1746), Sec. 1, eff. June 2, 2019.
Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 597 (S.B. 668), Sec. 1.06, eff. June 10, 2019.
Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 943 (H.B. 3), Sec. 3.029, eff. September 1, 2019.
Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1060 (H.B. 1051), Sec. 2, eff. June 14, 2019.
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