December 14, 2015
TO THE SUPERINTENDENT ADDRESSED:
is a list of schools identified under the Public Education Grant (PEG) Program,
authorized under Texas Education Code, Chapter 29, Subchapter G, §§29.201–29.205
and a description of the methodology used to identify the schools on the list.
This list, effective for the 2016–17 school year, identifies campuses with
passing rates on STAAR or TAKS that are less than or equal to 50 percent in any
two of the preceding three years or were
rated Improvement Required by the state accountability
in 2013, 2014 or 2015.
Under the PEG
interdistrict transfer provision, a parent of a student enrolled in any of the
campuses listed may make an application to attend a campus in any other school
district for the 2016–17
school year. A school district chosen by a student's parent under this statute
is entitled to accept or reject the application for the student to attend
school in that district but may not use criteria that discriminate on the basis
of a student's race, ethnicity, academic achievement, athletic abilities,
language proficiency, sex, or socioeconomic status. Alternatively, a district
may accept interdistrict transfers under Section 25.036 of the Texas Education Code.
Under the PEG intradistrict
transfer provision, a parent of a student enrolled in any of the campuses
listed may apply to attend another campus in the same school district.
Notification of eligibility must be provided by February
1, 2016, to each parent of a student in the district assigned to attend a
school on the enclosed 2016–17 PEG list. Statute also stipulates that the notice
must contain an explanation of the Public Education Grant Program and how the
parent may obtain further information about pursuing a transfer. A Frequently
Asked Question (FAQ) document is available to assist districts with this
explanation and to instruct parents how to pursue a transfer. The FAQ, along
with a copy of this letter and the list of PEG-identified schools, can be found
under the Accountability application on the Texas Education Agency Secure
Environment at https://seguin.tea.state.tx.us//apps/logon.asp.
Requirements of the PEG program
concerning the identification criteria, student eligibility, effective dates,
notification dates, and funding allotments are summarized below.
Date of PEG Transfers
February 1, 2016
interdistrict transfers, the district educating the child receives an
additional weight of 0.1; limited to net students educated on PEG.
These may be refused or accepted by district receiving the
These are explicitly permitted, although no additional
funding is allotted for this type of transfer.
Student Eligibility for Interdistrict Transfer
Student eligibility for PEG transfers is based on
assignment to attend a PEG campus in the district of residence. Student
eligibility expires upon any of the following three conditions:
Completion of all
grades offered by the campus upon which eligibility was originally based
Removal of the
campus from the PEG list
Assignment of the
student to a campus that is not on the PEG list as a result of redrawn
attendance boundaries or student movement into a different attendance area
A receiving district is permitted to continue to treat a
student as PEG eligible (and draw the PEG funding weight) after expiration of
eligibility only if the student has not yet completed all grades on the
campus to which the student transferred during the eligibility period.
STAAR/TAKS passing rate <= 50% in any
two of the three preceding years (2013, 2014, 2015) or rated Improvement Required in 2013, 2014 or 2015. The
assessments evaluated for the first criteria are STAAR for grades 3–8 and STAAR English
language arts/reading, writing, mathematics, social studies, or science. For
2015, assessments for grade 3–8 mathematics and subjects for STAAR A and
STAAR Alternate 2 were excluded from analysis.
A student may only transfer from a PEG school to a non-PEG
Tuition may not be charged to the student's
parents/guardian or to the school district of residence.
The school district in which the student resides is not
required to provide transportation free of charge from the PEG-listed school
to the new school. The district is only responsible for providing the
transportation it would otherwise provide (as if the student did not
of the manner in which funding takes place using a weight of 0.1, the worksheet
used for calculating state aid can be used to calculate the PEG amount. The
district providing educational services to the student will report attendance
as it would for any other student. The worksheet, available on the TEA website at
the PEG funding weight. There are no special accounting requirements or
limitations on the use of PEG-related funds. Bear in mind that a district is
eligible to receive PEG-weighted funding only to the extent the number of
students accepted on the basis of a PEG exceeds the number of resident students
who are educated in other districts on a PEG.
direct questions about either the PEG program or the methodology used to determine
PEG-listed schools to the Performance
Reporting Division at (512) 463-9704. Questions about funding implications
should be directed to the State Funding Division at (512) 463-9238.
Texas Education Agency
Department of Assessment and
Accountability, Criss Cloudt, Associate Commissioner
Division of Performance Reporting,
Shannon Housson, Division Director
Division of Performance Reporting, Jamie
Public Education Grant List
for identifying schools on the 2016-17 PEG listFrequently