• At Risk/Compensatory Education

    State compensatory education funds were authorized by the legislature to provide financial support for programs and/or services designed by school districts to increase the achievement of students at risk of dropping out of school. State law requires districts to use student performance data from the state's legislatively mandated assessment instrument and any other state achievement tests, including norm-referenced tests approved by the State Board of Education. The testing data is used to identify students as at-risk. The district must use state compensatory funds to provide accelerated intensive instruction to students who have not performed satisfactorily or who are at risk of dropping out of school.

  • At Risk Eligibility Criteria

    A student at risk of dropping out of school includes each student who is under 21 years of age and who:


    1. is in prekindergarten, kindergarten or grade 1, 2, or 3 and did not perform satisfactorily on a readiness test or assessment instrument administered during the current school year;
    2. is in grade 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12 and did not maintain an average equivalent to 70 on a scale of 100 in two or more subjects in the foundation curriculum during a semester in the preceding or current school year or is not maintaining such an average in two or more subjects in the foundation curriculum in the current semester;
    3. was not advanced from one grade level to the next for one or more school years;
    4. did not perform satisfactorily on an assessment instrument administered to the student under Subchapter B, Chapter 39, and who has not in the previous or current school year subsequently performed on that instrument or another appropriate instrument at a level equal to at least 110 percent of the level of satisfactory performance on that instrument;
    5. is pregnant or is a parent;
    6. has been placed in an alternative education program in accordance with Section 37.006 during the preceding or current school year;
    7. has been expelled in accordance with Section 37.007 during the preceding or current school year;
    8. is currently on parole, probation, deferred prosecution, or other conditional release;
    9. was previously reported through the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) to have dropped out of school;
    10. is a student of limited English proficiency, as defined by Section 29.052;
    11. is in the custody or care of the Department of Protective and Regulatory Services or has, during the current school year, been referred to the department by a school official, officer of the juvenile court, or law enforcement official;
    12. is homeless, as defined by 42 U.S.C. Section 11302, and its subsequent amendments; or
    13. resides in the preceding school year or resided in the current school year in a residential placement facility in the district, including a detention facility, substance abuse treatment facility, emergency shelter, psychiatric hospital, halfway house, or foster group home.
    14. has been incarcerated or has a parent or guardian who has been incarcerated, within the lifetime of the student, in a penal institution as defined by Section 1.07, Penal Code. 
    15. is enrolled in a school district or open-enrollment charter-school, or a campus of a school district or open-enrollment charter school, that is designated as a dropout recovery school under Section 39.0548.  

    Please note: Students are not considered at-risk based on any other factors like economically disadvantaged, disability, dyslexia, homebound, 504, special education, etc.

    Module 6: State Compensatory Education Guidelines, Financial Treatment, and Auditing and Reporting System (2019)