The At-Risk Indicator indicates whether a student is currently identified as “at-risk” of not meeting standards or dropping out of school using state-defined criteria (TEC §29.081, Compensatory and Accelerated Instruction). At-risk data is only submitted once a year in our Fall PEIMS submission as a simple YES or NO- the student IS or IS NOT considered to be at-risk for dropping out of school. At-Risk data is used for a variety of reasons and can have financial implications!
Which students are considered At-Risk and who is NOT?
A student “at-risk of dropping out of school” includes each student who is under 26 years of age and who meets one of the 15 state defined criteria indicators or, regardless of the student’s age, each student who participates in an adult education program provided under a high school diploma and industry certification charter school program under Section §29.259.
Students NOT automatically considered At-Risk:
- Economically Disadvantaged Students
- Title 1 Students
- Special Education Students
- 504 & RTI Students
- Dyslexic Students
- Homebound Students
How do we identify and review students who are at-risk?
- Create an At-Risk Committee for each campus (made up of 3-5 staff members). This committee can consist of but is not limited to: Principal, assistant principal, counselor, registrar, teachers, or Special programs directors
- Determine a schedule to meet (ex: At the end of the 1st and 4th six weeks).
- Print off a list of all students that are currently coded At-Risk in your Student Information System (SIS). If you are unsure of how to find this information, please reach out to your vendor.
- Review all currently coded students for accuracy, remove the indicator for students that no longer meet the criteria, or the time frame has expired.
- Determine which additional students may be At-Risk and research to see if the indicator applies.
- Send all updates in writing with an administrator’s signature & date to the personnel updating the At-Risk coding in your SIS using an At-Risk Status Change Form.
- Determine and document what interventions are being used for the students that have been identified as At-Risk.
- Documentation to support a student meeting ANY of the at-risk criteria must be retained for audit purposes.
What are the 15 at-risk criteria and how long is each criteria applicable for?
|was not advanced from one grade level to the next for one or more school years; [excludes prekindergarten or kindergarten students who were not advanced as a result of a documented request by the student’s parent under TEC §29.081 (d-1).]||Students with this indicator will be considered At-Risk for dropping out of school for the remainder of their educational career.|
|is in grade 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12 and did not maintain an average equivalent to 70 on a scale of 100 in two or more subjects in the foundation curriculum during a semester in the preceding or current school year or is not maintaining such an average in two or more subjects in the foundation curriculum in the current semester;||Preceding or Current School Year|
|did not perform satisfactorily on an assessment instrument administered to the student under TEC Subchapter B, Chapter 39, and who has not in the previous or current school year subsequently performed on that instrument or another appropriate instrument at a level equal to at least 110 percent of the level of satisfactory performance on that instrument;||Until 110% has been met or a full year has passed after the assessment year and the student has not been re-assessed.|
|is in prekindergarten, kindergarten or grade 1, 2, or 3 and did not perform satisfactorily on a readiness test or assessment instrument administered during the current school year;||Current Year
|is pregnant or is a parent;||Current year for as long as applicable|
|has been placed in an alternative education program in accordance with TEC §37.006 during the preceding or current school year;||Preceding or current school year|
|has been expelled in accordance with TEC §37.007 during the preceding or current school year;||Preceding or current school year|
|is currently on parole, probation, deferred prosecution, or other conditional release;||Current day|
|was previously reported through the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) to have dropped out of school;||Students with this indicator will be considered At-Risk for dropping out of school for the remainder of their educational career|
|is an emergent bilingual student, as defined by Section 29.052;||Current Year|
|is in the custody or care of the Department of Family and Protective Services or has, during the current school year, been referred to the department by a school official, officer of the juvenile court, or law enforcement official;||Current Year|
|is homeless, as defined by 42 U.S.C. Section 11434 (a), and its subsequent amendments;||Current year|
|resided in the preceding school year or resides in the current school year in a residential placement facility in the district, including a detention facility, substance abuse treatment facility, emergency shelter, psychiatric hospital, halfway house, cottage home operation, specialized child-care home, or general residential operation;||Preceding or current school year|
|has been incarcerated or has a parent or guardian who has been incarcerated, within the lifetime of the student, in a penal institution as defined by Section 1.07, Penal Code; or||Students with this indicator will be considered At-Risk for dropping out of school for the remainder of their educational career.
|is enrolled in a school district or open-enrollment charter school, or a campus of a school district or open-enrollment charter school, that is designated as a dropout recovery school under TEC §39.0548.||Current Year|
At-Risk data may only be submitted to TEA once a year, but entering and existing a student’s At-Risk status is something that should be occurring on your campuses all year long. The better trained your At-Risk Committee is the more accurate your Fall PEIMS At-Risk data will be. Reporting verified, accurate and valid PEIMS data can help charters avoid costly and time-consuming TEA interventions.
- If you have any questions regarding coding At-Risk students, or if you would like some assistance putting an At-Risk process in place for your district, please reach out to Laura Jandle at email@example.com.
- Register for the At-Risk PEIMS Coding Online course.
- Ask questions, get answers and discuss this topic on the Charter School Community Roundtable now!