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Comprehensive and Targeted Schools

Federal Accountability

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) became law on December 10, 2015, replacing the No Child Left Behind Act on July 1, 2017.  Under the provisions of Texas Education Code (TEC), Chapter 39, the state is required to provide interventions to improve identified low-performing schools. The ESSA statute increases the flexibility and decision-making authority afforded to states, encourages states and schools to be innovative, and holds states accountable for results.  ESSA provides a unique opportunity for the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to chart a path for shifting key decisions related to school improvement, funding, and resources.

For additional information about Comprehensive support, Targeted Support or Additional Targeted Support Ratings, please refer to the 2020 Accountability Manual Chapter. 

Comprehensive Support (same as 2018 & 2019*)

The lowest five percent of campuses that receive Title I, Part A funds are identified for comprehensive support and improvement.

Additionally, if any Title I or non-Title I campus does not attain a 67 percent four-year federal graduation rate for the all students group, the campus is identified for comprehensive support and improvement. Non-Title I campuses are not eligible for comprehensive support grant funding.

*For 2020, Campuses that received a federal label of Comprehensive Support in the area of All Students only, were advanced to Comprehensive progress.

Targeted Support (same as 2018 & 2019)

A student group that misses the targets in at least the same three indicators, for three consecutive years, is considered “consistently under performing.” Any campus not identified for comprehensive support and improvement that has at least one consistently under performing student group is identified for targeted support and improvement.

Additional Targeted Support (same as 2018 & 2019)

Any campus that is not identified for comprehensive or targeted support and improvement is identified for additional targeted support if an individual student group’s percentage of evaluated indicators met is at or below the percentage used to identify that campus type for comprehensive support and improvement. Identification occurs on an annual basis.