PEG (Public Education Grant) List for 2014-15

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January 9, 2014 

TO THE SUPERINTENDENT ADDRESSED: 

Attached 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 2014-2015 school year, identifies campuses with passing rates on TAKS/STAAR that are less than or equal to 50 percent in any two of the preceding three years or were rated Academically Unacceptable in 2011 or rated Improvement Required in 2013 under the new state accountability system. No state accountability ratings were issued in 2012.

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 2014-15 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 for the 2014-15 school year.

Notification of eligibility must be provided by February 1, 2014, to each parent of a student in the district assigned to attend a school on the enclosed 2014-15 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 (TEASE) at:

https://seguin.tea.state.tx.us//apps/logon.asp

Requirements related to the PEG program concerning the identification criteria, student eligibility, effective dates, notification dates, and funding allotments are summarized below:

 

Requirement

Explanation

Effective Date of PEG Transfers

2014-15 school year

Parent Notification Requirement

February 1, 2014

Allotment

For interdistrict transfers, the district educating the child receives an additional weight of 0.1; supplemental funding if costs exceed state aid benefit; limited to net students educated on PEG.

Interdistrict Transfers

(across districts)

These may be refused or accepted by district receiving the transfer request.

Intradistrict Transfers

(within district)

These are explicitly permitted, although no additional funding is allotted for this type of transfer.

Continued 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.

School Identification Criteria

TAKS/STAAR passing rate <= 50% in any two of the three preceding years (2011, 2012, 2013) OR rated Academically Unacceptable in 2011 or Improvement Required in 2013. The assessments evaluated for the first criteria are TAKS reading/English language arts, writing, mathematics, social studies, or science in 2011, and STAAR (at the TAKS-equivalency standard) for grades 3-8 and TAKS at grades 10 and 11 in reading/ELA or mathematics only in 2012 and STAAR Reading/English language arts, writing, mathematics, social studies, or science, and TAKS at grade 11 in 2013.

Transfer Restriction

A student may only transfer from a PEG school to a non-PEG school.

Tuition Prohibition

Tuition may not be charged to the student’s parents/guardian or to the school district of residence.

Transportation

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 transfer).


Because 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, which can be found on the TEA website under the school finance topic (see http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=7721&menu_id=645) includes 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.

Questions concerning the PEG program and the methodology used to identify schools should be directed to the Division of Performance Reporting at (512) 463-9704. Questions regarding the funding implications of the program should be directed to the Division of State Funding at (512) 463-9238.

Contact Information

Texas Education Agency

Department of Assessment and Accountability, Criss Cloudt, Associate Commissioner

Division of Performance Reporting, Shannon Housson, Director

Division of Performance Reporting, Ester Regalado, Manager

(512) 463-9704

performance.reporting@tea.texas.gov

 

Attachments

2014-15 Public Education Grant List
Methodology for identifying schools on the 2013-14 PEG list
Frequently Asked Questions