The High School Allotment (HSA) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2006 to assist in:
- preparing underachieving students to enter institutions of higher education
- encouraging students to pursue advanced academic opportunities
- provide opportunities for students to take academically rigorous courses
- align secondary and postsecondary curriculum and expectations
- supporting other promising high school completion and success initiatives in Grades 6-12 approved by the commissioner of education
All districts receive funding based on the amount of $275 for each student in average daily attendance in grades 9 through 12. Estimated allotment payment reports are available through the School District State Aid Reports.
Allowable Uses of HSA Funds
Districts may use funds for campus-level or district-wide initiatives for students in grades 6-12. Allowable uses include:
- Professional development for teachers providing instruction in advanced academic courses such as Advanced Placement (AP)
- Hiring of additional teachers to allow for smaller class sizes in critical content areas
- Fees for students taking dual credit classes and ACT/SAT tests
- Academic support, such as AVID and AP strategies, to support at-risk students in challenging courses
- Credit recovery programs
- Science equipment and virtual science labs for required 4th year course
- Activities supporting college readiness and awareness, including transportation for college visits
Please see Commissioner's Rules Concerning High School Allotment for detailed allowable uses of these funds.
A self-nomination process was established to recognize districts for exceptional programs/strategies implemented with the use of allotment funds. Examples of strategies and activities recognized during the past five years include::
- Content coaches to aid struggling students in achieving success in core subjects
- College readiness counselors to help students make successful transitions to college
- Curriculum alignment activities between district middle schools and high schools, including the development of rigorous lessons aligned with state and national standards, creation of TAKS intervention resources, and sharing of best practices
- Before-and after-school programs to assist students with applying for college and financial aid
- College readiness courses focused on teaching strategies to improve test scores
- Operation of a senior seminar: a year-length class for 12th graders required for graduation in which students completed college admissions forms, financial aid forms, scholarship applications, resumes; visited colleges; and prepared for college entrance exams.
- March 13, 2012 - Districts and campuses recognized for exceptional use of High School Allotment funds.
- April 30, 2010 - Districts and campuses recognized for reducing dropouts and improving college readiness.
- April 7, 2009 - Districts and campuses recognized for exceptional use of High School Allotment funds for the 2007-2008 school year.
Districts are not required to report on the use of High School Allotment funds; however,TEA’s former Office for Planning, Grants and Evaluation released a report based on first-year uses of the High School Allotment Funds (2006-07 School Year).
- Majority of school districts (72%) directed all funds to high school campuses. Those with more than one high school distributed funds based on highest needs.
- Approximately 38% of allowable funds were expended during 2006-07 school year.
- According to campus surveys, the most frequently cited allowable activities supported by allotment funds were:
- Technology for credit recovery (30%)
- Tutoring to help students earn a high school diploma (28%)
- Books/materials for dual/concurrent enrollment courses (25%)
Funds are distributed to districts as part of regularly scheduled Foundation School Program payments.
- 2006-2007 school year - $321,739,572
- 2007-2008 school year - $327,550,940
- 2008-2009 school year - $328,356,557
- 2009-2010 school year - $334,148,586
- 2010-2011 school year - $340,621,665
- 2011-2012 school year - $344,324,013 (preliminary estimate)
Laws and Rules
- High School Allotment Guide
The High School Allotment Guide provides information on the use of the High School Allotment and examples of use by districts.
- Dropout Prevention Strategy Plans
TEC §29.918 requires school districts and open-enrollment charter schools with high dropout rates to submit a plan detailing how the district or charter school will use its state compensatory education allotment and high school allotment for developing and implementing research-based strategies for dropout prevention.
Federal & State Education Policy