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TEA Correspondence

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January 26, 2010

Re: 2010–2011 Optional Flexible Year Program (OFYP)

To the Administrator Addressed:

Your school district or charter school may modify its instructional calendar up to ten days to provide a flexible year program to meet the educational needs of its students, including providing intensive instructional services. A flexible year program is for students who did not, or are likely not to, perform successfully on an assessment instrument administered under the Texas Education Code (TEC), §39.023, or who would not otherwise be promoted to the next grade level.

To apply to participate in the OFYP, your district or charter school must submit an original application, a modified instructional calendar, and a letter to the Texas Education Agency describing the proposed modifications to the instructional calendar, including a description of the OFYP that will be provided under the TEC, §29.0821. The letter must indicate the date on which the board of trustees approved the modified instructional calendar.

To participate in the OFYP, your district or charter school must provide no fewer than 180 days of instruction to students who meet the eligibility criteria stated in the TEC, §29.0821. For example: 177 instructional days plus 3 staff development days does not meet the 180-day requirement. Approval to modify the number of instructional days is limited to one year.

If you have questions about the program, please contact Kim Rife by phone at
(512) 463-4809 or by email at kim.rife@tea.state.tx.us.

The rules and application for the OFYP can be found at http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/school.finance/ofyp.html.



Lisa Dawn-Fisher, Ph.D.
Deputy Associate Commissioner for School Finance


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