State Compensatory Education
The goal of the State Compensatory Education (SCE) program is to provide funding to reduce disparity in performance on assessment instruments or disparity in the rates of high school completion between educationally disadvantaged students, at-risk students, and all other students. The purpose of the SCE program is to increase academic achievement and reduce the dropout rate for these students by providing supplemental programs and services.
Statutes and correspondence related to the SCE program are listed below. Updated links and legislation information can be found on TEA's House Bill 3 web page and the Texas Legislature Online Statute Lookup page.
- Texas Education Code (TEC), §28.0217, relates to satisfactory performance on state assessment instruments and providing accelerated instruction to certain students.
- TEC, §29.081, defines the purpose of the SCE program and the statutory criteria for determining if a student is at risk of dropping out of high school.
- TEC, §29.089, allows school districts and charter schools to fund mentoring programs with SCE funds.
- TEC, §48.104, provides the method for TEA to calculate school district and charter school allotments and establishes certain additional uses for SCE funds.
- 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §61.1027, is related to the eligible student count for the compensatory education allotment.
Campus and District Improvement Plans
School districts and charter schools with an annual SCE allotment of $750,000 or greater must submit two campus improvement plans to TEA on or before the date that falls 150 days after the final Texas Education Data Standards Web-Enabled Data Standards (TWEDS) midyear resubmission date.
Expenditures of SCE funds must do all of the following:
- support the intent and purpose of the program;
- be allowable under statute and guidance; and
- be directly related to specific interventions identified in the appropriate district and campus improvement plans.
Campus improvement plans must be reviewed and revised annually. Requirements for plans, including who should be included in the planning process, are found in TEC, §11.251, for district-level planning and TEC, §11.253, for campus-level planning. Submit the district plan only if significant and supporting SCE information is included in the plan.
Plans for the 2019-2020 school year must be submitted through the AUDIT application in the TEA Login (TEAL) system on or before Friday, July 30, 2021.
Access to the TEAL system’s AUDIT application with the role of Charter AFR User, Charter AFR and Depository Contract User, ISD User, or ISD AFR and Depository Contract User is required to upload plans. The naming conventions and submission instructions can be found beginning on page five of the Electronic Report Submission Standards manual found on the Electronic Submission webpage.
If submitting the District Improvement Plan, it should have the file name beginning with the school's six-digit county-district number, followed by the letter "t", and end with the last digit of the fiscal year (i.e., 123456t0).
The Campus Improvement Plans should have the file name beginning with the school's six-digit county-district number plus the three-digit campus number, followed by the letter "p", and end with the last digit of the fiscal year (i.e., 123456789p0). The submission of the SCE evaluation is only required for campuses with an at-risk percentage of 59 percent or for F-rated campuses.
Uploading the plans:
- Log into TEAL and select AUDIT from the application listing.
- Select IMPORT Audit Data from the menu.
- Click on the Display button.
- On the import screen, roll the year to 2020 (upper right corner) if it is displaying 2021.
- The SCE section is located towards the bottom of the page.
- Each file should be submitted separately.
- Use the browse button to locate the file on your computer.
- Click on the Upload Now button at the bottom of the page to submit the file.
- The system should display a successful/unsuccessful upload message and email the same message to the email address associated with the submitter's TEAL account.
- Return to the import screen to submit the next file.
- At any time, the submitter can use the VIEW District Status menu option, after rolling back the year to 2019-2020, to view the submissions made.
Refer to the Financial Accountability System Resource Guide (FASRG) Module 6, Section 6.2.2, for more detailed information about the campus and district improvement plans and charter instructional plans.
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