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Title: Dropout Prevention Strategy Plan


1
Dropout Prevention Strategy Plan
  • TETN Information Session
  • Texas Education Agency
  • October 30, 2007

2
TETN Goals
  • Review the requirements of TEC 29.918.
  • Review steps in the development and submission of
    a District Dropout Prevention Strategy Plan.
  • Provide examples of appropriate data and dropout
    prevention strategies.
  • Respond to questions about the plan development,
    submission, and review process.

3
Statutory Reference
  • Requirement established in HB 2237, 80th Texas
    Legislature, 2007, TEC 29.918.

4
Statutory Citation
  • Sec. 29.918.  DROPOUT PREVENTION STRATEGIES.
  • (a) Notwithstanding Section 39.114 or 42.152, a
    school district or open-enrollment charter school
    with a high dropout rate, as determined by the
    commissioner, must submit a plan to the
    commissioner describing the manner in which the
    district or charter school intends to use the
    compensatory education allotment under Section
    42.152 and the high school allotment under
    Section 42.2516(b)(3) for developing and
    implementing research-based strategies for
    dropout prevention. The district or charter
    school shall submit the plan not later than
    December 1 of each school year preceding the
    school year in which the district or charter
    school will receive the compensatory education
    allotment or high school allotment to which the
    plan applies.

5
Statutory Citation
  • (b)  A school district or open-enrollment charter
    school to which this section applies may not
    spend or obligate more than 25 percent of the
    district's or charter school's compensatory
    education allotment or high school allotment
    unless the commissioner approves the plan
    submitted under Subsection (a). The commissioner
    shall complete an initial review of the
    district's or charter school's plan not later
    than March 1 of the school year preceding the
    school year in which the district or charter
    school will receive the compensatory education
    allotment or high school allotment to which the
    plan applies.

6
Statutory Citation
  • (c)  The commissioner shall adopt rules to
    administer this section. The commissioner may
    impose sanctions under Section 39.131 or 39.1321
    if a school district or open-enrollment charter
    school fails to timely comply with this section.

7
Implementation
  • Methodology for district identification
    developed.
  • Grade 7-12 annual rate
  • Districts grouped by comparable size
  • Districts in the top ten percent of comparison
    group dropout rates identified for compliance
  • 114 districts identified

8
Implementation
  • Oct. 1 - Notification letter and email sent.
  • Dec. 1, 2007 - District plans due to TEA.
  • Dec. 1, 2007 Mar. 1, 2008 Plan review period.
  • Mar. 1, 2008 - Plan approval or return for
    revision.

9
Document Review
  • Instructions for Completing Your Dropout
    Prevention Plan A Step-by-Step Guide.
  • Attachment A Focused Data Analysis Template.
  • Attachment B Checklist for Review,
    Consideration, and Determination.
  • District Dropout Prevention Strategy Plan
    Template.

10
Plan Development Guidelines
  • Identify, collect and analyze relevant school and
    student data.
  • Identify findings, trends, and issues based on
    data analysis activities.
  • Establish appropriate performance targets and
    benchmarks.
  • Identify appropriate dropout prevention
    strategies.
  • Complete and submit District Dropout Prevention
    Strategy Plan to TEA.

11
Plan Development Guidelines
  • Attachment A Focused Data Analysis Template
  • Complete all district information.
  • Identify all sources of data used for review and
    analysis and level of data disaggregation.
  • Indicate significant findings of the data
    analysis process.

12
Plan Development Guidelines
  • Attachment B Checklist for Review,
    Consideration, and Determination.
  • Use suggested data analysis probes and/or
    district-generated probes to guide data analysis
    process.
  • Include any findings and use as a planning guide
    for plan development.

13
Plan Development Guidelines
  • Attachment C 2007-2008 District Dropout
    Prevention Strategy Plan.
  • Enter appropriate district performance targets,
    benchmarks, planned dropout prevention activities
    and strategies, resources to be used to implement
    the plan, and appropriate timelines for
    implementation.

14
Plan Development Guidelines
  • Attachment C 2007-2008 District
  • Dropout Prevention Strategy Plan.
  • When accounting for how Compensatory Education
    and High School Allotment funds are to be used to
    implement the plan, districts must indicate
    specific amounts to be used from each allotment
    to support the strategies and activities
    identified in the plan.
  • Districts should use the appropriate fund codes
    to indicate the source of funds for each activity
    and the appropriate Program Intent Codes to
    indicate targeted expenditure areas.

15
Plan Development Guidelines
  • Appropriate data sources may include
  • District Summary of Finance indicates
    allotment amounts.
  • AEIS and other school performance data reported
    in the Public Education Information Management
    (PEIMS) system.
  • http//www.tea.state.tx.us/acctres/entry.html
  • Locally-gathered performance data.
  • Student performance data.
  • Student and community demographic data.
  • Other data sources as appropriate.

16
Plan Development Guidelines
  • District Dropout Prevention Strategy Plans may
    include information from
  • local district and school improvement plans
  • plans developed to meet other state and federal
    requirements and,
  • other plans and programs that address the needs
    of students at risk of dropping out of school.
  • Identified strategies and activities in the plan
    may include both on-going activities and new
    initiatives.

17
Sample Plan Development Activity JohnDoe ISD.
  • Data Analysis
  • Based on review of district dropout data
    disaggregated by campus (Attachment A), JohnDoe
    ISD found the following
  • A major source of the district dropout rate stems
    from two of the districts four high schools.
  • At those two high schools, 25 of all students
    repeat the ninth grade.
  • Ninth grade attendance rates at the two high
    schools averaged only 84.
  • Discipline referral rates for ninth grade
    increased 20 over the last four years.

18
Sample Plan Development Activity JohnDoe ISD.
  • Data Analysis
  • Applying Probe Focus 1, 6, and 7 (Attachment B),
    further analysis found that
  • the two schools with high dropout rates lack
    effective strategies and services to support the
    needs of at-risk students.
  • Failure to succeed in ninth grade is a key
    district indicator for student dropout behavior.

19
Sample Plan Development Activity JohnDoe ISD.
  • Dropout Prevention Activities/Strategies
  • Based on the findings resulting from data
    analysis, JohnDoe ISD has decided to initiate the
    following activities (Attachment C)
  • Implement an early-warning initiative in all
    district middle schools to effectively identify
    students at risk of dropping out.
  • Implement a ninth grade transition program that
    includes articulation activities in the middle
    school, a summer transition (bridge) program, and
    targeted ninth-grade interventions.

20
Sample Plan Development Activity JohnDoe ISD.
  • Implement a Small Learning Community model at the
    two high schools that will include career paths
    and student advisory periods once per week.
  • Hire a campus-based specialist to develop
    graduation plans, identify appropriate
    interventions tailored to student needs, and to
    provide case-management services to students that
    are off-track for graduation.

21
Sample Plan Development Activity JohnDoe ISD.
  • Performance Targets (Attachment C)
  • Reduce the 7-12 annual dropout rate by 50 over
    the next two years.
  • Reduce the 9th grade retention rate by 50 over
    the next two years.
  • Increase 9th grade attendance by 5 over the next
    two years.
  • Decrease 9th grade discipline referrals by 50
    over the next two years.

22
Sample Plan Development Activity JohnDoe ISD.
  • Benchmarks (Attachment C)
  • Student grades and attendance by grading period
    and school year.
  • District dropout rate by student groups, grading
    period, and school year.
  • Student discipline referrals by grading period,
    semester, and school year.

23
Sample Plan Development Activity JohnDoe ISD.
  • Funding allocations (Attachment C)
  • 100,000 from Compensatory Education Funds (Fund
    Code 199 for regular ISDs, 420 for Charter
    Districts) for creation of a Ninth Grade
    Transition Program.
  • 50,000 for salaries and administration.
  • 20,000 for curriculum materials and supplies.
  • 10,000 for transportation.
  • 20,000 for professional development.

24
Sample Plan Development Activity JohnDoe ISD.
  • Funding Allocations
  • 100,000 from High School Allotment funds (Fund
    Code 428) for salaries for two campus-based
    dropout prevention specialists.
  • 75,000 in High School Allotment funds for
    planning and implementation of Smaller Learning
    Communities.
  • 25,000 for travel and substitute pay.
  • 25,000 for professional development.
  • 25,000 for curriculum materials and supplies.

25
Questions?
  • We will create an FAQ (Frequently Asked
    Questions) page
  • Call or e-mail
  • Chris Caesar, Program Manager, Office of
    Education Initiatives.
  • chris.caesar_at_tea.state.tx.us
  • (512) 936-6060
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