Optional Flexible Year Program (OFYP)
Your school district or charter school
may modify its instructional calendar for up to 4,200 minutes 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 2018–2019 application form,
2) a modified 2018–2019 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 2018–2019 Student
Assessment Testing Calendar and reporting dates when considering the placement
of OFYP minutes. OFYP instructional minutes must be scheduled before the last
approved state student assessment testing window of the school year.
participate in the OFYP, your district or charter school must provide no fewer
than 75,600 minutes of instruction to students who meet the eligibility
criteria stated in the TEC, §29.0821. Approval to modify the number of
instructional minutes is limited to one year. If you have questions about the
program, please contact Melani Escobar by email at Melani.Escobar@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/.