District-Level Dropout Prevention Strategy Plans
State law requires school districts and open-enrollment charter schools with high dropout rates, as identified by the commissioner of education, to submit a plan that identifies how the district or charter school will use its state compensatory education allotment and high school allotment to create and carry out research-based strategies for dropout prevention for the following school year. The plan is due no later than Dec. 1 of the current school year.
Previously, the requirement for a district to submit a dropout prevention plan was based on the Grade 7-12 annual dropout rate. In 2009, the requirements for a Dropout Prevention Plan were aligned with requirements under the state accountability plan. Districts identified as Academically Unacceptable due to completion rate or annual dropout rate will be considered to have met the requirement to submit a dropout prevention plan under TEC §29.918 through the required submission of the School Improvement Plan (SIP) or the Student Achievement Improvement Plan (SAIP) to the agency.
Texas Education Code §29.918, Subsection (b) ensures that:
- A school district or charter school may not spend or obligate more than 25% of the district’s or charter school’s compensatory education allotment and high school allotment unless the commissioner approves the submitted plan.
- The commissioner shall complete a review of the submitted plan no later than March 1 of the school year preceding the school year in which the school district or charter school will receive the compensatory education allotment or high school allotment to which the plan applies.
- The commissioner is given the authority to impose sanctions under TEC §39.131 or TEC §39.1321 if a school district or open-enrollment charter school fails to comply with this requirement in a timely manner.
The School Improvement Plan and Student Achievement Improvement Plan are developed using a focused data analysis. Templates for the plan are on the Accountability Monitoring page. These plansare based on the 2008 Dropout Prevention Plans. Both plans also address the use of high school allotment and compensatory education funds to support these strategies.
There is no additional funding awarded to districts and open-enrollment charter schools that are required to submit a dropout prevention plan. The funding for the strategies proposed in the plan are based on the Compensatory Education and High School Allotments that the district or charter school is scheduled to receive in the next school year. School District State Aid Reports are available from TEA School Finance Web site.
Laws and Rules
- Texas Education Code §29.918
- Texas Administrative Code §89.1701
- The Accountability Monitoring web pages provide guidance on completing the Focused Data Analysis, School Improvement Plan and Student Achievement Improvement Plan.
- High School Allotment