Under Section 29.081 of the Texas Education Code (TEC), compensatory education is defined in 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 is to increase academic achievement and reduce the drop out rate of these students.
The goal of state compensatory education is to reduce any disparity in performance on assessment instruments administered under Subchapter B, Chapter 39 TEC or disparity in the rates of high school completion between students at risk of dropping out of school and all other LEA students (TEC Section 29.081.)
State compensatory education funds were authorized by the legislature to provide financial support for programs and/or services designed by LEAs to increase the achievement of students at risk of dropping out of school. State law, Section 29.081, TEC, requires LEAs to use student performance data from the state’s legislatively-mandated assessment instrument known as the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) tests and any other achievement tests administered under Subchapter B, Chapter 39, of the Texas Education Code, including norm-referenced tests approved by the State Board of Education to provide accelerated intensive instruction to students who have not performed satisfactorily or who are at risk of dropping out of school.
The naming conventions for the SCE District/Campus Improvement Plans in PDF have changed. The list of revised naming conventions can be found in the Electronic Reports Submission Standards
Additional information can be found in the State Compensatory Education (SCE) module in the Financial Accountability System Resource Guide (FASRG).
Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 295KB)
PLEASE NOTE: Scores for students that took the STAAR test will not be considered for criteria 4 in the 2012-13 school year. There will not be any new students considered as “at-risk” for failing to meet STAAR. TEC, Sections 29.081 and 28.002(a)(1) and the Financial Accountability System Resource Guide consider criteria 4 as not applicable for the 2012-13 school year. Also note that if a student was previously identified as “at-risk” due to testing standards then that student shall remain “at-risk” for the 2012-13 school year.
A district may use scores from EOC exams or TAKS for identification criteria.
For additional information, contact:
Phone: (512) 463-9095