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State Compensatory Education

State Compensatory Education (SCE)

State Compensatory Education (SCE) is defined in Texas 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 of State Compensatory Education is to increase the academic achievement and reduce the drop out rate of these identified students.

The goal is to provide a challenging and meaningful instructional program to close the achievement gap between children at-risk of dropping out of school and their peers.

Senate Bill 702 requires each school district to identify students who meet the state criteria for being at-risk of dropping out of school, provide appropriate services to these students and to document and evaluate the effectiveness of SCE programs/services in reducing any disparity in performance on assessment instruments or any disparity in the rates of high school completion between students who are identified as at-risk and students who are not at-risk. SCE funds mustbe supplemental to regular education funds in the district and cannot be used to meet state mandates. SCE funds must be redirected when evaluations indicate that programs and/or services are unsuccessful in producing desired results for students at-risk of dropping out of school.

House Bill 3459 amended certain Texas Education Codes to require that District and Campus Improvement Plans be the primary record supporting expenditures attributed to the SCE program and that the SCE program must be described in the Campus Improvement Plan to reflect campus specific activities. Programs must be based on campus needs assessments for students who are identified as at-risk.

Rio Grande City CISD adheres to the state guidelines for the identification of at-risk students. The identification process includes any student who is under the age of 21 who meets one or more of the state’s fourteen at-risk criteria and is therefore in danger of dropping out of school.

At-Risk Student Eligibility Criteria

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 - however, 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 (d)(1) [NOTE: Student remains at risk of dropping out of school for the remainder of his/her public school education.];

(2) Is a student 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) Did not perform satisfactorily on an assessment instrument (STAAR/EOC) 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;

(4) Is a student in prekindergarten, 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 [NOTE: BOY and MOY administration for existing students; New students should be assessed within 30 days of enrollment];

(5) Is pregnant or is a parent [NOTE: Students who give up their child for adoption or have a miscarriage shall not be identified under this criterion.];

(6) Has been placed in an alternative education program in accordance with Section 37.006 during the preceding or current school year [NOTE: Section 37.006 describes a disciplinary education program and not an In School Suspension (ISS) program.];

(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 [NOTE: Student remains at risk of dropping out of school for the remainder of his/her public school education.];

(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 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; 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 [NOTE: Even one night is sufficient criteria to list the student as at-risk for the following two years.];

(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, Penal Code. 

Rio Grande City CISD Programs: Programs/activities currently in place and provided support, all or partially through SCE funding, include:

  1. Chance 2 Be Alternative Education Program
  2. SEAS – DAEP (Disciplinary Alternative Education Program)
  3. Accelerated Instruction Programs on All RGCCISD Campuses
  4. Supplemental Math and Reading Programs 
  5. PEP Program for pregnant girls
  6. Truancy Projects
  7. Beyond the Bell
  8. Valued Youth Project
  9. High School Peer Tutoring Program
  10. Credit Recovery Program






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