College, Career and Military Readiness
House Bill 3 touches many different aspects of education in Texas and one key area that was vastly impacted was the implementation of the college, career, and military readiness programs. The purpose of these programs is to ensure that all Texas High School students have the resources to access career exploration tools and high-quality college and career pathways.
TEA has announced that it will roll out the complete plan in three sections:
- The first section was released on August 8, 2019 in a “HB3 in 30” video and it focuses on:
- The second section will be released on August 22, 2019 and it will cover:
- CTE (Career and Technical Education)
- Innovative High School Models and Subsidy for High School Equivalency
- Small / Mid-sized District Allotment
- The third section will be released on November 14, 2019 and will cover FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
CCMR Outcomes Bonus Funding Summary
Districts may receive additional outcomes-based funding under HB3 for each annual graduate above a certain threshold percentage who checks a box indicating they are college, career, or military ready (CCMR). The thresholds will be defined by rule in the Spring of 2020 when final data are available. The purpose of the threshold is to ensure equity amongst the three student groups being measured:
- Economically disadvantaged
- $5,000 for each graduate above the minimum threshold
- Non-economically disadvantaged
- $3,000 for each graduate above the minimum threshold
- Special Education
- $2,000 for each graduate above the minimum threshold
School districts and open enrollment charter school are expected to receive money this year for Class of 2018 graduates.
Let’s look at an example:
Calculating Outcome Bonus for Economically Disadvantaged graduates
TEA has not yet set the thresholds, but they are expected to have these in place by Spring 2020. For some clarity, they did provide this example while we wait for those thresholds to be released.
- Preliminarily, assume the thresholds are the following:
- 9% for economically disadvantaged
- 20% for non-economically disadvantaged
- 0% for special education
- Assume 100 Annual Graduates:
- 60 are economically disadvantaged (20 are CCMR)
- 40 are non-economically disadvantaged (15 are CCMR)
- Of these – 10 receive special education services (3 are CCMR)
60 Eco Dis count X 9% threshold = 5.4
TEA will always round down, so 5.4 = 5 (this is the threshold count)
Subtract the threshold count from total Eco Dis to get the count of CCMR graduates above threshold for the bonus 20 – 5 = 15
Multiply that by Eco Dis Bonus Amount per graduate ($5,000)
- 15 X $5,000 = $75,000 (Bonus Funding to charter school)
Estimate Data Entry
Below you will see the section in the State Aid Excel Calculator Tool where a charter school enters the number of graduates in excess of the minimum graduate threshold. For the example we just looked at, the number of “Economically Disadvantaged” graduates above the minimum threshold is 15.
You’ve got the money, now what? HB3 requires that you spend 55% of the funds generated from the outcome’s bonus on improving CCMR for students in grades 8-12.
Examples of expenditures allowed:
- Preparation and Professional development for counseling and advising
- Career awareness and exploration activities for students
- Preparation and Professional development for teachers on
- ACT and/or SAT
- Dual Credit
- Advanced Placement (A/P) and International Baccalaureate (IB)
College Preparation Exam and Industry-Based Certification Exam Reimbursements
Another section of HB3 related to College, Career, and Military Readiness involves front loading school districts and open enrollment charters with funds to pay for college preparation exams and for students to earn industry-based certifications. For college preparation exams, TEA is basing their projections on 100% of juniors and 50% of seniors.
Funding will be allocated in September of the 2019-20 school year and will settle-up in April of 2021 after receiving exam validation data. School districts and open enrollment charters are encouraged to keep track of their student’s data and their exam selections as back-up documentation. Funding is only allowed once per student and the students must take the ACT/SAT/TSIA exams in the Spring of their junior year or at any point during their senior year. If students do not take these exams, the funds will be returned during settle.
Industry based certifications are also eligible for reimbursement and do not require students to be in certain grade levels, however, the student must pass the exam for it to be reimbursed.
For complete details on how to calculate the CCMR outcomes bonus, and to view specifics on the funding allocation and timelines for exam reimbursements, please click on this link to watch TEA’s “HB3 in 30” video on Section 1 of the CCMR Programs.
Alternative Career Readiness Measures
HB3 also calls for TEA to conduct a study on alternative career readiness measures for small and rural school districts to determine if annual graduates demonstrate career readiness as it applies to CCMR Outcomes Bonus.
Results are to be reported to the legislature by January 1, 2021.