Title I/NCLB/ESEA Flexibility Waiver

  • Our Purpose: 

    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).  

    School improvement support from the Service Center includes district and campus planning assistance, data analysis support for low performing campuses and developing the leadership capacity of school administrators and teams to implement and sustain comprehensive school improvement.

    Our Priorities:
    • District, School, and Educator Improvement
    • State and Federal Accountability Support
    • Transformation and Turnaround
    • High Quality Professional Learning Opportunities
    • Collaborative Partnerships for Student Success

     Our  Support Services:

    • Educator Training on research-based effective school improvement accountability and interventions systems, processed and strategies
    • Texas Accountability Intervention System (TAIS) technical assistance, resources for systemic school and district improvement
      • Reporting and Analysis tools
      • Aligning and Implementing State and Federal Requirements; i.e.: (Federal) Turnaround Principles and Critical Success Factors
      • Customized District, School, Classroom training, monitoring, audit review, reporting and analysis services
      • On-site support visits

    Region One ESC Division of Instructional Support is committed to supporting school district improvement efforts towards college and career readiness for all through a comprehensive and collaborative system of support.

    See other site links on the Region One ESC Office of School Improvement Accountability and Compliance https://www.esc1.net/Domain/19 for support to District Coordinators for School Improvement (DCSI), Center for Excellence in School Turnaround.

    For more details please go to Texas Center for District and School Support:


Last Modified on April 2, 2020