April 9, 2014
To The Administrator Addressed:
SUBJECT: Student Success Initiative and Accelerated Instruction
The purpose of this letter is to inform school districts and open-enrollment charter schools of new accelerated instruction requirements and of certification of the Student Success Initiative (SSI).
New Accelerated Instruction Requirements
House Bill 5, 83rd Legislative Session, added new TEC §28.0217 to require each school district to provide accelerated instruction in the applicable subject area each time a student fails to perform satisfactorily on an end-of-course (EOC) assessment instrument. Accelerated instruction may require participation of the student before or after normal school hours and may include participation at times of the year outside normal school operations.
House Bill 5 also amended TEC §29.081 to require school districts to offer, without cost to a student, additional accelerated instruction in any subject if the student failed to perform satisfactorily on an EOC assessment instrument that measures the knowledge and skills in that course and is required for graduation. Your district or charter school is required to separately budget and prioritize state compensatory education funding and any other funding necessary to sufficiently support the cost of additional accelerated instruction for students who fail to perform satisfactorily on an EOC assessment instrument. State compensatory education funds cannot be used for any other purpose until your district or charter school has sufficiently funded additional accelerated instruction. Your school district or charter school must use program intent code 24 when coding additional accelerated instruction expenditures.
TEC §29.081 as amended by HB 5 also requires each school district to evaluate the effectiveness of accelerated instruction programs for high school students and to hold an annual public hearing to consider the results of the evaluation.
This letter serves as my certification that sufficient funds have been appropriated to support implementation of accelerated instruction programs for grades three through eight as well as for high school for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years as specified under Texas Education Code (TEC) §§28.0211 and 28.0217, the Student Success Initiative.
If you have any questions regarding budgeting of compensatory education funding, please contact the Financial Accountability Division in the Office of School Finance by email at email@example.com or by phone at (512) 463-9238.
If you have any questions regarding accelerated instruction, please contact the Curriculum Division by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (512) 463-9581.
Commissioner of Education