Title I/ESSA/ESEA Flexibility Waiver
In collaboration with Region One ESC, Center for Excellence in School Turnaround within the Office of School Improvement and Accountability and Compliance (SIAC), the overarching purpose is to focus on providing the latest State and Federal legislative updates and information. Districts, charter systems and schools are evaluated under State and Federal accountability provisions. Under a current State of Texas waiver to the United States Department of Education, the criterion under the provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) have replaced those formerly known as Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). The federal standards are measured in the areas of Reading/Language Arts, Math and either Graduation Rate (for high schools and districts) or Attendance (for elementary and middle schools).
Under Principle 2 of the ESEA waiver, differentiated recognition and support is provided for schools that are determined to Priority, Focus or Reward Schools. “Priority schools are identified as the lowest 5% of Title I served campuses based on performance in reading and mathematics and graduation rates. Focus Schools are 10% of Title I served campuses, not already identified as priority schools, that have the widest gaps between student group performance and safeguard targets. Campuses are ranked based on the largest gaps between student group reading/math performance and AMO targets of 75%. (“Federal Accountability Methodology,” TEA, http://www.tea.state.tx.us/ESEAFlex_Principle2.aspx). “A high-performing school is a Title I school that receives distinction designations based on math and reading performance, and at the high school level, is also among the Title I schools with the highest graduation rates.” (“Federal Accountability Methodology Reward School Criteria,” TEA, http://www.tea.state.tx.us/ESEAFlex_Principle2.aspx).