|State Compensatory Education (SCE) State 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 of State Compensatory Education is to increase the academic achievement and reduce the drop out rate of these identified students.
Senate Bill 702 requires each school district to identify students who meet the state criteria for being at-risk of dropping out of school, provide appropriate services to these students and to document and evaluate the effectiveness of the SCE program/services in reducing any disparity in performance on assessment instruments or any disparity in the rates of high school completion between students identified as at-risk and students who are not at-risk. SCE resources must be supplemental to regular education funds in the district. (Supplement vs. Supplant issue) SCE resources must be redirected when evaluations indicate that programs and/or services are unsuccessful in producing desired results for students at-risk of dropping out of school.
House Bill 3459 amended certain Texas Education Codes to require that District and Campus Improvement Plans be the primary record supporting expenditures attributed to the SCE program and that the SCE program must be described in the Campus Improvement Plan to reflect campus specific activities. Programs must be based on campus needs assessments for students who are identified as at-risk.
Northside I.S.D. adheres to the state guidelines for identification of at-risk students. The identification process includes any student under the age of 21 who meets one or more of the state’s thirteen at-risk criteria and is therefore determined to be in danger of dropping out school.