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DEFINITION OF AT-RISK STUDENT

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

  1. Was not advanced from one grade level to the next for one or more school years;
  2. If the student is in grade 7-12 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. Did not perform satisfactorily on a state assessment instrument 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;
  4. If the student is in prekindergarten, kindergarten, or grade 1-3, did not perform satisfactorily on a readiness test or assessment instrument administered during the current school year;
  5. Is pregnant or is a parent;
  6. Has been placed in a Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP) in accordance with Education Code 37.006 during the preceding or current school year;
  7. Has been expelled 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. 11302 and its subsequent amendments [see FD]; or
  13. Resided in the preceding school year or resides in the current school year in a residential placement facility in a district, including a detention facility, substance abuse treatment facility, emergency shelter, psychiatric hospital, halfway house, or foster group home.

Education Code 29.081(d)-(d-1)

COMPENSATORY, INTENSIVE, AND ACCELERATED INSTRUCTION

The School shall use student performance data from state basic skills assessment instruments and achievement tests to design and implement appropriate compensatory, intensive, or accelerated instructional services that enable the students to perform at grade level at the conclusion of the next regular school term. Education Code 29.081(a)

Accelerated Instruction

The School shall provide accelerated instruction to enrolled students who have taken an end-of-course assessment instrument and have not performed satisfactorily or who are at risk of dropping out of school. Education Code 29.081(b), 39.025(b-1)

Effectiveness

A district shall evaluate and document the effectiveness of the accelerated instruction in reducing any disparity in performance on state assessment instruments or disparity in the rates of high school completion between students at risk of dropping out of school and all other district students. Education Code 29.081(c)

TUTORIAL SERVICES

The School may provide tutorial services in its Comprehensive Programs as determined by the student’s Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) Committee.

Education Code 29.084

MENTORING SERVICES PROGRAM

The School may provide a mentoring services program to students. The School may arrange for any public or nonprofit community-based organization to come to the School and implement the program.

The School shall obtain the consent of a student’s parent or guardian before allowing the student to participate in the program.

Education Code 29.089

ACCELERATED READING INSTRUCTION PROGRAM

The School shall implement an accelerated reading instruction program that provides reading instruction that addresses reading deficiencies to each student in kindergarten, first grade, or second grade who is determined, on the basis of reading instrument results [see EKC], to be at risk for dyslexia or other reading difficulties. The School shall determine the form, content, and timing of that program. The admission, review and dismissal committee of a student who does not perform satisfactorily on a reading
instrument shall determine the manner in which the student will participate in an accelerated reading program.

The School shall provide additional reading instruction and intervention to each student given the seventh grade reading assessment [see EKC], as appropriate to improve the student’s reading skills in the relevant areas identified through the assessment instrument.

INTENSIVE PROGRAM OF INSTRUCTION

The School shall offer an intensive program of instruction to a student who does not perform satisfactorily on a state assessment instrument as documented in the student’s IEP.

For a TSBVI student who does not perform satisfactorily on a state assessment instrument, the student's admission, review, and dismissal committee shall design the program to enable the student to attain a standard of annual growth on the basis of the student's individualized education program and, if applicable, carry out the purposes of Education Code 28.0211.

Education Code 28.021

State Assessments

The program shall be designed to:

  1. Enable the student to:
  2. To the extent practicable, perform at the student’s grade level at the conclusion of the next regular school term; or
  3. Attain a standard of annual growth specified by a district and reported by the district to TEA; and
    1. If applicable, carry out the purposes of Education Code 28.0211. [See EIE]

Graduation Requirements

The School shall provide an intensive program of instruction to plan and implement intensive instruction and other activities aimed at helping a student satisfy state and local high school graduation requirements as documented in the student’s IEP.

Adopted:          5/28/92

Amended:        5/24/96, 1/24/97, 11/19/99, 1/24/02, 1/28/05, 9/22/06, 6/5/13

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