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PARENT NOTIFICATION AND PERSONAL GRADUATION PLAN

PARENT NOTIFICATION AND PERSONAL GRADUATION PLAN

Authorities:  Texas Education Code
 
 
 
  FEDERAL AND STATE REQUIREMENTS
 
NOTICE TO PARENTS OF PERFORMANCE 
The board policy of a district must:
  • Provide for a conference between the parent and teachers;
  • Require the district, at least once every 12 weeks, to give written notice to the parent of the student's performance in each class or subject; and
  • Require the district, at least once every three weeks, or during the fourth week of each nine-week grading period, to give written notice to a parent of the student's performance in a subject included in the foundation curriculum, if the student's performance in the subject is consistently unsatisfactory, as determined by the district.
The notice of performance must:
  • Provide for the signature of the parent; and
  • Be returned to the district.
A district that uses an electronic platform for communicating student grade and performance information to parents may permit a parent to sign the required notice electronically, so long as the district retains a record verifying the parent's acknowledgment of the required notice.
A district that accepts electronic signatures for the required notice of performance must offer parents the option to provide a handwritten signature.
The board policy regarding notice of performance does not apply to the student who:
  • Is 18 years of age or older and who is living in a different residence than the parent;
  • Is married; or
  • Has had the disabilities of minority removed for general purposes.
 
ANNUAL REPORTS TO PARENTS
The district where the student attends must provide a record of the comparisons of annual improvement of student achievement from one school year to the next in a written notice to the parent.
For the student who failed to perform satisfactorily on a required state-mandated assessment, the district must include in the notice to the parent, specific information relating to access to on-line educational resources at the appropriate assessment instrument content level, including released assessment instrument questions and answers.
 
PERSONAL GRADUATION PLAN IN JUNIOR HIGH OR MIDDLE SCHOOL
A principal of a junior high or middle school must designate a school counselor, teacher, or other appropriate individual to develop and administer a personal graduation plan for each student in the junior high school, or middle school, who:
  • Does not perform satisfactorily on required state assessments; or
  • Is not likely to receive a high school diploma before the fifth school year following the student's enrollment in ninth grade, as determined by the district.
A junior high school or middle school personal graduation plan must:
  • Identify educational goals for the student;
  • Include diagnostic information, appropriate monitoring and intervention, and other evaluation strategies;
  • Include an intensive program of instruction;
  • Address participation of the parent, including consideration of the parent's educational expectations for the student;
  • Provide innovative methods to promote the student's advancement, including flexible scheduling, alternative learning environments, on-line instruction, and other interventions that are proven to accelerate the learning process and have been scientifically validated to improve learning and cognitive ability; and
  • Meet the standards established by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).
 
PERSONAL GRADUATION PLAN IN HIGH SCHOOL
A district must publish in English and Spanish the information provided to the district by the TEA, on the internet website of the district, that explains the advantages of the distinguished level of achievement and each endorsement available under the Foundation High School Program, and ensure that the information is available to:
  • Students in ninth grade and above; and
  • The parent of students in ninth grade and above including in the language in which the parent is most proficient, if at least 20 students in a grade level primarily speak that language.
A principal of a high school must designate a school counselor or school administrator to review with each student entering ninth grade and the parent the high school personal graduation plan options, including the Foundation High School Program options for: 
  • Distinguished level of achievement; and
  • Endorsements.
A high school personal graduation plan must identify a course of study that:
  • Promotes college and workforce readiness;
  • Promotes career placement and advancement; and
  • Facilitates the student's transition from secondary to post-secondary education.
Before the conclusion of the school year, the student and the parent must confirm and sign a personal graduation plan for the student.
A district must not prevent the student and the parent from confirming a personal graduation plan that includes pursuit of a distinguished level of achievement or an endorsement.
The student may amend the student's personal graduation plan after the initial confirmation of the plan.
If the student amends the student's personal graduation plan, the district must send written notice to the parent regarding the change.
  Last Updated : Wed, Mar 29, 2017