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House Bill 2610 Funding Implications for 2016-2017

posted Aug 19, 2016, 4:36 PM by Cash Keith   [ updated Aug 19, 2016, 4:36 PM ]

The 84th Legislature amended Texas Education Code (TEC), §25.081, and created TEC, §25.0812, in order to move from a school year where districts were required to provide 180 days of instruction to a school year where districts are required to provide 75,600 minutes of instruction. This TAA addresses funding for the 2016–2017 school year only. Local education agencies should consult their own legal counsel for additional legal consideration that may apply as a result of this legislation

Attendance, Admission, Enrollment Records, and Tuition - August 2016

posted Aug 19, 2016, 4:34 PM by Cash Keith   [ updated Aug 19, 2016, 4:35 PM ]

This letter summarizes important statutes relating to student attendance, public school admission, enrollment records, and tuition. Part I of the letter relates to compulsory attendance, Part II relates to attendance for course credit, Part III relates to public school admission, Part IV relates to enrollment records, and Part V relates to tuition. In each part, we have identified which statutes do or do not apply to open-enrollment charter schools.1 We hope you will find this summary helpful as you begin the 2016-2017 school year.

TEA posts correspondence regarding Home Schools

posted Aug 19, 2016, 11:21 AM by Cash Keith   [ updated Aug 19, 2016, 11:21 AM ]

Yesterday, TEA posted a "To The Administrator Addressed" letter that outlined policy regarding home schools.  

1.  Schools who use Leaver Code 60 only need as documentation a signed and dated letter from a parent or guardian that a student is being schooled at home.  It is not necessary to receive a letter of this type each year, nor are the parents required to appear in person.  Parents also do not have to present curriculum for review.

2.  Students transferring from a home school are to be treated in the same manner as students transferring from unaccredited private schools.  The awarding of credit may be determined by curriculum review, student work, or appropriate assessments.  When using assessments, the passing standard should be no higher than the standard required of students transferring from unaccredited private schools, and the letter gives more detailed guidelines.

TEA's Home School correspondence is posted below for convenience.

Skyward - September 2015 State Reporting Announcements

posted Sep 3, 2015, 10:43 AM by Cash Keith   [ updated Sep 3, 2015, 10:43 AM ]

Updates in Addendum 06 of the June Release:

Student Updates:

  • PR 2714558 - A selection is now available to indicate if an Automatic Screening Device was used during a vision test.
  • PR 2672627 - The Contact Hours Report now sorts by track for Tables II, III, and IV. The report was already sorting this way for Table I.

Business Updates:

  • PR 2709018 - For Service Record creation, the wording for the delete option label has been updated to "Delete all records and re-extract for the selected year."
  • PR 2721399 - The PEIMS TSDS creation of Staff Association StaffEducationOrgAssignmentAssociation elements was previously creating duplicate records based on the Staff Unique State ID, Campus Code, and Role ID. These duplicate records are no longer being created.

Updates in Addendum 07 of the June Release:

Student Updates:

  • PR 2740358 - 2015-16 PEIMS Addendum Version code table changes have been completed.
  • PR 2564260: Two new Student Special Programs have been added: T-STEM Academy and ECHS. Mass processes for special/local programs, including Mass Add, Mass End, and Mass Delete have also been updated to incorporate the two new programs.

Business Updates:

  • PR 2736200 - The Electronic File report for the RP records was updated to no longer include RP15 records that are Awaiting TRS Approval in either the listing or the totals.
  • PR 2591847 - The PEIMS staff and finance edits have been updated with changes for 2015-2016.
  • PR 2583826 - Updates to the TRS process have been made for September 2015. These changes include handling of RP15 records when reporting prior school year changes and employer payments for new members.

Upcoming Changes:

Student Updates:

  • PR 2740650 - The PEIMS Extract will be updated for the 2016 School Year.
  • PR 2747923 - Additional updates for 2015-16 PEIMS from the Post Addendum Version.

Business Updates:
There are no Business State Reporting updates currently scheduled.

Upcoming Submission Reminders:


  • TSDS PEIMS Submission 4 deadline is 9/17/2015.

Documentation Updates:

The following documents have been updated or added to the State Reporting section of the Skyward Documentation.


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