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Alternative Education Accountability (AEA)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

(updated May 4, 2011)

1. Who can answer my questions about AEA policies and procedures?

Part 2 of the Accountability Manual describes the AEA indicators and procedures applicable to alternative education campuses (AECs) and charters evaluated under AEA procedures. Part 2 of the Manual is on the TEA website at http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/aea/.

For information regarding the administration, monitoring, and safety at AECs, refer to the questions and answers below.

For additional assistance regarding AEA policies and procedures, contact the AEA Unit of the Division of Performance Reporting at (512) 463-9704 or via e-mail at Performance.Reporting@tea.state.tx.us.

2. What are the advantages of registering my AEC for evaluation under AEA procedures?

AEA procedures recognize that AECs are dedicated to serving students at risk of dropping out of school [TEC§29.081(d)] and evaluate AECs on different indicators from those used under standard accountability procedures. Chapter 10 of the Accountability Manual describes in detail the AEA indicators.

3. Can elementary schools be AECs?

AECs dedicated to serving students at risk of dropping out of school may qualify for evaluation under AEA procedures.

4. How and when do I register my AEC for evaluation under AEA procedures?

Details on AEC registration are available on the AEA website at http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/aea/.

The 2011 AEA campus registration process occurred September 8 - 22, 2010.

To qualify for evaluation under AEA procedures, AECs must meet the registration criteria and the at-risk registration criterion described in Chapter 8 of the Accountability Manual.

5. Are charter operators evaluated under AEA procedures?

Charters that operate only registered AECs are evaluated under AEA procedures.

Charters that operate both standard campuses and registered AECs have the option to be evaluated under AEA procedures if at least 50% of the charter’s students are enrolled at registered AECs. Details are provided in Chapter 8 of the Accountability Manual.

6. Please explain AEC Registration Requirement (8) - the "AEC must provide each student the opportunity to attend a 7-hour school day as defined in TEC§ 25.082(a), according to the needs of each student."

State statute requires that a school day “be at least 7 hours each day, including intermissions and recesses.” This law applies to AECs. However, depending upon the terms of a charter, this requirement may not apply to charter AECs.

Several AECs offer four-hour blocks of instruction. Nevertheless, if a student requires more than four hours of instruction to progress, then the instruction must be provided.

7. What is the at-risk registration criterion? How will this criterion affect AECs?

Each registered AEC must have a minimum percentage of at-risk students enrolled on the AEC verified through current-year PEIMS fall enrollment data in order to remain registered and be evaluated under AEA procedures.

The at-risk criterion is 75% in 2008-2011.

Safeguards are incorporated for AECs not meeting the at-risk registration criterion. The Prior-Year PEIMS At-Risk Data and New Campus safeguards are described in Chapter 8 of the Accountability Manual.

If an AEC does not meet the at-risk registration criterion, then AEA registration is rescinded and the AEC receives a rating under standard accountability procedures.

8. What are AECs of Choice?

At-risk students enroll at AECs of Choice to expedite progress toward performing at grade level and high school completion.

9. What are Residential Facilities?

Education services are provided to students in residential programs and facilities operated under contract with the Texas Youth Commission (TYC), detention centers and correctional facilities that are registered with the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission (TJPC), and private residential treatment centers.

10. Will the 85-day rule remain in effect?

The 85-day rule has been phased out completely. Chapter 9 of the Accountability Manual describes in detail attribution of AEC data.

Campus accountability subset determines attribution of AEC test data.

Leaver data are attributed to the last campus of attendance.

As required in statute, DAEP and JJAEP data must be attributed to the student’s home campus.

11. What is meant by summing across grades and subjects for the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) Progress indicator?

The TAKS Progress indicator does not evaluate grades or subjects individually. Performance results are summed across grades (3-12) and across subjects (reading/English language arts, mathematics, writing, social studies, and science) to determine AEA ratings.

12. What test results are included in the TAKS Progress indicator?

TAKS Tests Included
Grades 3-11
Grade 11 Retests
Grade 12 All Tests

13. How should I code the exit-level TAKS answer documents for students who have previously passed a section of the test?

Questions regarding the administration of tests should be directed to the Division of Student Assessment at (512) 463-9536 or visit the TEA website at: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index3.aspx?id=3534&menu_id=793

14. What is the Texas Projection Measure (TPM)?

The use of TPM is discontinued in 2011 state and federal accountability.

15. What is the Texas Growth Index (TGI)?

The use of TGI is discontinued in 2011 state accountability.

16. What is Required Improvement?

Required Improvement measures growth or improvement by comparing prior-year performance to current-year performance.

Registered AECs and charters can achieve an AEA: Academically Acceptable rating by meeting the absolute standards or by demonstrating Required Improvement.

17. Does the Completion Rate II include General Educational Development (GED) recipients?

Yes, the Completion Rate II calculation for AECs of Choice and charters evaluated under AEA procedures includes graduates, GED recipients, and students who return to school for a fifth year.

18. If a Residential Facility is one of several campuses of a charter operator, does the Completion Rate II calculation for the charter include the completion data of the students from the Residential Facility?

Yes, performance results of all students in the charter are included in the charter's performance and used in determining the charter's rating. However, charters that are evaluated under AEA procedures and operate only registered Residential Facilities are not evaluated on Completion Rate II.

19. Does an AEC rating of AEA: Academically Unacceptable impact the district rating?

Registered AECs rated AEA: Academically Unacceptable do not prevent a district rating of Exemplary or Recognized.

20. What waivers apply to AECs?

Waivers are not applied automatically to AECs.

Visit the TEA Waiver Unit website at: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=6635&menu_id=932&menu_id2=788 for information on how to request waivers applicable to AECs.

21. How do I access accountability data on the TEA Secure Environment (TEASE)?

The TEASE Accountability website includes confidential state accountability (including standard accountability and AEA), Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), and Performance-Based Monitoring Analysis System (PBMAS) data.

Only district superintendents and designated staff approved by the superintendent may request access to TEASE. The TEASE Request for Access to Accountability form is on the TEA website at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/forms/tease/accountability.htm .

Both the requestor and the district superintendent must sign the request. Fax signed forms to the Division of Performance Reporting at (512) 936-6431. Allow approximately two weeks for processing.

22. Who can answer my questions about at-risk students?

A State Compensatory Education Questions and Answers (Q and A) document that addresses proper coding of at-risk students is on the TEA website at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=4082 Also, Education Service Center (ESC) Compensatory Education contacts can assist with at-risk questions.

23. Who can answer my questions about the DAEP Data Integrity Report?

For questions about the PBMAS reports or the data integrity indicators, contact the Division of Performance-Based Monitoring at (512) 936-6426 or via e-mail at pbm@tea.state.tx.us.

24. Who can I talk to about a complaint about my child's AEC?

Contact the Division of Program Monitoring and Interventions at (512) 463-9414 or visit the TEA website at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=2147495550&menu_id=2147483703&menu_id2=2147483708.

25. Who can I talk to about a safety issue at my child's AEC?

Contact the Chapter 37 / Safe Schools Division at (512) 463-9982 or visit the TEA website at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=262 .

26. How can I obtain teacher or administrator certification for an AEC?

Contact the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) at the Information and Support Center toll free (888) 863-5880. You may also visit the SBEC website at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=5830&menu_id=865&menu_id2=794.

27. What is the definition of the uniform school start date?

TEC §25.0811 requires that a school district not begin instruction for students for a school year before the fourth Monday in August unless the district operates a year-round system under Section 25.084.

Contact Performance Reporting for questions you may have.
This page last updated May 4, 2011


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