TEA releases Public Education Grant Program list

Ector County Independent School District has 25 campuses on the Public Education Grant Program list.

The list, effective for the 2018-19 school year, identifies campuses with passing rates on STAAR that are less than or equal to 50 percent for any subject in any two of the preceding three years or were rated Improvement Required by the state accountability system in 2015, 2016, or 2017, a news release from the Texas Education Agency says.

STAAR stands for State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness.

TEA Spokeswoman DeEtta Culbertson said once a campus is on the PEG list it’s on there for three years. In accountability ratings released by TEA on Aug. 15, the district had eight campuses on improvement required compared to 12 last year.

ECISD campuses include Bonham Middle School; Bowie Middle School; Burleson Elementary School; Cameron Dual Language Magnet; Crockett Middle School; Dowling Elementary; Ector Middle School; Edward K. Downing; Blackshear; Milam; Travis; Zavala; Buddy West; Goliad; Gonzales; Ireland; Cavazos and Noel elementary schools.

Also, Odessa High School; Pease; Ross; Sam Houston; and San Jacinto elementary schools; and Wilson & Young Medal of Honor Middle School.

Under the PEG interdistrict transfer provision, a parent of a student enrolled in any of the campuses listed may apply to transfer to a campus in another school district for the 2018–19 school year.

A school district chosen by a student’s parent under this statute is entitled to accept or reject the application to transfer but may not use criteria that discriminate on the basis of a student’s race, ethnicity, academic achievement, athletic abilities, language proficiency, sex, or socioeconomic status. Alternatively, a district may accept interdistrict transfers under the Texas Education Code.

ECISD Public Information Officer Mike Adkins said the district doesn’t receive very many requests for transfers traditionally, but some parents will request it. Adkins added that space is a factor and a student cannot be transferred from one school on the PEG list to another school on the PEG list.

“The bigger piece of it is what we have found through the years is that parents are hesitant to transfer their kid. Even with the PEG designation, you are still moving kids from the familiar campus where their friends are and teachers they have already gotten to know,” Adkins said.

Under the PEG intradistrict transfer provision, a parent of a student enrolled in any of the campuses listed may apply to transfer to another campus in the same school district.

Notification of eligibility must be provided by Feb. 1, 2018, to parents of students currently assigned to attend a campus on the enclosed 2018–19 PEG List.

Statute also stipulates that the notice must contain an explanation of the PEG program and how the parent may obtain further information about pursuing a transfer.

Campuses can be removed from the 2018–19 PEG list. This could happen to a campus that is on the PEG list only because of an improvement required rating in 2017.

If that campus successfully appeals its accountability rating, the campus would be removed from the PEG list. While academic accountability ratings are appealable, placement on the PEG list is not, the release said.

After all accountability ratings appeals are resolved, the agency will contact the superintendent of any district that has a campus removed from the PEG list.

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