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Ninth Grade Transition and Intervention Program

 

Purpose

The purpose of the Ninth Grade Transition and Intervention (NGTI) Program is to provide services that target students as they leave eighth grade, who are at-risk of being retained in the ninth grade or dropping out.

Grantees are required to provide a summer transition program, use an early warning data system to identify and monitor ninth grade students who are off-track for graduation, and to provide on-going interventions and activities throughout the school year.

Proven Dropout Prevention Strategies

The Texas Education Agency focuses state and federal resources on identifying and replicating proven strategies for dropout prevention and recovery. The Ninth Grade Transition and Intervention Program utilizes data systems to identify struggling students who need early intervention.;

Eligibility

Districts and open-enrollment charter schools are eligible to apply if they:

  • Served 75% or more economically disadvantaged students in 2006, 2007 and 2008
  • Had a least 25 8th-graders in 2007-2008
  • Had a 9th grade retention rate for 2007-2008 that placed them among the highest three school districts or open-enrollment charter schools within a comparable size category

Applicant Information

Grantees are required to provide a summer transition program, use an early warning data system to identify and monitor ninth grade students who are off-track for graduation, and provide on-going interventions and activities throughout the school year.

In collaboration with the National High School Center and the Texas Comprehensive Center, TEA is making available an early warning data system tool to all school districts at no charge.

Performance

  • Grantees: 23
  • Campuses served: 63
  • Students served: 3,220

Targeted Interventions:

  • Upper class peer mentors
  • Parental involvement and education activities
  •  21st Century workforce skills development
  • Counseling
  • Planning and information-sharing between middle and high schools
  • Activities that prepare students for high-level, rigorous academic coursework
  • Attendance monitoring

In collaboration with the National High School Center and the Texas Comprehensive Center, TEA is making available an early warning data system tool to all school districts at no charge.  

External evaluation conducted by Learning Points Associates was completed in January 2011. Findings include:

  • Grade 9 student participants scored statistically significantly higher (14.3 points) on the English Language Arts TAKS and statistically significantly higher (10.8 points) on the Math TAKS compared to grade 9 students who did not participate in the NGTI program
  •  NGTI students receiving passing grades in core subjects during the first semester of high school: English Language Arts – 81%; math – 76%; science – 79%; and social studies – 84%

Funding Information

  •  FY2009 - Cycle 1 (April 3, 2009 – May 15, 2010) - $3,364,726
  •  FY2010 - Cycle 1 Con't (May 16, 2010 – June 30, 2011) - $2,450,000
  • Total: $5,814,726
  • No new funds appropriated in the FY2012-FY2013 biennium.

Awards

Laws and Rules

Guidance

Supporting documents, including a Program Blueprint: Search for “2008-2010 Texas Ninth Grade Transition and Intervention Program”

Resources

Transition activities and other resources: Search for “2008-2010 Texas Ninth Grade Transition and Intervention Program”

Contacts

 Federal & State Education Policy 
Nicole Chupka, Program Specialist
512.936.6060

Page last modified on 10/14/2011 03:46:00 PM.


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