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Growing list of schools fall short of Texas minimum standards
SOUTHEAST TEXAS - An increasing number of schools in the state, including several in Southeast Texas, fail to meet higher minimum standards, allowing parents to apply for their children to be transferred to other schools that meet or exceed the standard, according to the Texas Education Agency.
The agency last week released a list of nearly 900 schools that failed to meet minimum standards based on the TAKS/STARR test and the state accountability ratings.
Beaumont schools on the list include Ozen High School, Smith Middle School, Fehl-Price Elementary and Blanchette Elementary.
Port Arthur schools include Memorial High School, Memorial Ninth Grade, and Dowling, Houston, Travis and Washington Elementary Schools.
Schools on the list in the West Orange-Cove CISD include West Orange-Stark High School, West Orange-Stark Middle School and West Orange-Stark Elementary School.
The transfers come under the Public Education Grant (PEG) Program, authorized under Texas Education Code, Chapter 29, Subchapter G, 29.201 - 29.205, and a description of the methodology used to identify the schools on the list. This list, effective for the 2014-2015 school year, identifies campuses with passing rates on TAKS/STAAR that are less than or equal to 50 percent in any two of the preceding three years or were rated Academically Unacceptable in 2011 or rated Improvement Required in 2013 under the new state accountability system. No state accountability ratings were issued in 2012.
Under the PEG interdistrict transfer provision, a parent of a student enrolled in any of the campuses listed may make an application to attend a campus in any other school district for the 2014-15 school year. A school district chosen by a students parent under this statute is entitled to accept or reject the application for the student to attend school in that district but may not use criteria that discriminate on the basis of a students race, ethnicity, academic achievement, athletic abilities, language proficiency, sex, or socioeconomic status. Alternatively, a district may accept interdistrict transfers under Section 25.036 of the Texas Education Code.
Under the PEG intradistrict transfer provision, a parent of a student enrolled in any of the campuses listed may apply to attend another campus in the same school district for the 2014-15 school year.
Notification of eligibility must be provided by February 1, 2014, to each parent of a student in the district assigned to attend a school on the enclosed 2014-15 PEG list. Statute also stipulates that the notice must contain an explanation of the Public Education Grant Program and how the parent may obtain further information about pursuing a transfer. A Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) document is available to assist districts with this explanation and to instruct parents how to pursue a transfer.