• State Compensatory Education (SCE)

    Under Section 29.081 of the Texas Education Code (TEC), compensatory education is defined in law as programs and/or services designed to supplement the regular education program for students identified as at risk of dropping out of school. The purpose is to increase academic achievement and reduce the dropout rate of these students.

    The goal of state compensatory education is to reduce any disparity in performance on assessment instruments administered under Subchapter B, Chapter 39 TEC or disparity in the rates of high school completion between students at risk of dropping out of school and all other LEA students (TEC Section 29.081.)

    State compensatory education funds were authorized by the legislature to provide financial support for programs and/or services designed by LEAs to increase the achievement of students at risk of dropping out of school. State law, Section 29.081, TEC, requires LEAs to use student performance data from the state’s legislatively-mandated assessment instrument known as the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) tests and any other achievement tests administered under Subchapter B, Chapter 39, of the Texas Education Code, including norm-referenced tests approved by the State Board of Education to provide accelerated intensive instruction to students who have not performed satisfactorily or who are at risk of dropping out of school.

    Additional information can be found in the State Compensatory Education (SCE) module in the Financial Accountability System Resource Guide (FASRG).


    Under House Bill 5 high school students are required to pass five State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) end-of-course exams to meet the new graduation requirements. Ten additional end-of-course exams are no longer required; therefore, some classified at-risk students assessments are not in use.

    A student identified as at-risk based on this category last year continues to be identified as at-risk this school year, but the at-risk status should be removed at the end of this school year.

    The LEA should determine whether the student meets any of the other criteria under TEC §29.081(d). An LEA should review local eligibility criteria adopted by the board of trustees in accordance with TEC §29.081(g) to determine whether the student is eligible for services/supports. 

    Frequently Asked SCE Questions
    For more information, contact:
    Laura Strube                                                     Carol Stevens
    laura.strube@esc15.net                                    carol.stevens@esc15.net
    325-658-6571                                                    325-658-6571
    Tami Knight
    (Information from the TEA website.)