February 29, 2012
Re: 2012–2013 Optional Flexible Year Program (OFYP)
To the Administrator Addressed:
Your school district or charter school may modify its instructional calendar up to 10 days to provide a flexible year program to meet the educational needs of its students, including providing intensive instructional services. A flexible year program is for students who did not, or are likely not to, perform successfully on an assessment instrument administered under the Texas Education Code (TEC), §39.023, or who would not otherwise be promoted to the next grade level.
To apply to participate in the OFYP, your district or charter school must submit to the Texas Education Agency an original application, a modified instructional calendar, and a letter describing the proposed modifications to the instructional calendar, including a description of the OFYP that will be provided under the TEC, §29.0821. The letter must indicate the date on which the board of trustees approved the modified instructional calendar. Please be mindful of the 2012–2013 Student Assessment Testing Calendar and reporting dates when considering the placement of the OFYP days.
To participate in the OFYP, your district or charter school must provide no fewer than 180 days of instruction to students who meet the eligibility criteria stated in the TEC, §29.0821. For example: 177 instructional days plus 3 staff development days does not meet the 180-day requirement. Approval to modify the number of instructional days is limited to one year.
If you have questions about the program, please contact Kim Wall by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (512) 463-4809.
The rules and application for the OFYP can be found at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=7738.
Division Manager, Office of School Finance