Under Section 29.081 of the Texas Education Code (TEC), compensatory education is defined in law as programs and/or services designed to supplement the regular education program for students identified as at risk of dropping out of school. The purpose is to increase academic achievement and reduce the dropout rate of these students.

    • The goal for SCE is to reduce the disparity in performance on (a) the state assessment and (b) rates of high school completion between students at-risk of dropping out of school and all other district students.  (TEC Section 29.081)
    • SCE funds must be used to provide support programs and/or services that supplement the regular education program so that students at risk of dropping out of school can succeed in school.

    If a student fails a STAAR assessment, he/she will be coded as at-risk during the school year the assessment is failed and remain at-risk until he/she successfully completes a like/same assessment at 110% of the minimum passing score. If the student fails a STAAR assessment for a subject that is not tested in the subsequent school year, he/she will remain at risk for the one additional school year. For example, if a student fails his/her fourth grade writing assessment, he/she will be coded at-risk for the reminder of fourth grade plus his/her entire fifth grade year. 



    All school districts and charter schools, whose state compensatory education allotment is $500,000 or more for the previous fiscal year, are required to submit a District Improvement Plan and Campus Improvement/Instructional Plans.