2015–2016 Optional Flexible Year Program (OFYP)
Your school district or charter school
may modify its instructional calendar for 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 a number of items to the Texas
Education Agency. These items are: 1) a completed 2015–2016 application, 2) a
modified 2015–2016 instructional calendar, and 3) a letter describing the
proposed modifications to the instructional calendar that includes 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 take note of the 2015–2016 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.
have questions about the program, please contact Ashley Behnke by email at Ashley.Behnke@tea.texas.gov
or by phone at (512) 463-4834.
rules, application, and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the OFYP can be
found at http://tea.texas.gov/Finance_and_Grants/State_Funding/Additional_Finance_Resources/Optional__Flexible_Year_Program/.