Supplemental Educational Services
In February 2013, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) submitted a request to the United States Department of Education (USDE) to waive specific provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 2001. The waiver was intended to provide all 1,200 Texas public school districts greater flexibility in budgeting and in providing high quality education services to students.
The waiver request was granted conditionally by Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, on September 30, 2013.
No Child Left behind School Improvement (NCLB) programs affected by the waiver include Supplemental Education Services, or SES. SES provides free tutoring to students of low-income families attending a Title 1 school that has missed the federal standard for Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP, for three years or more in one subject area, such as math or English/language arts.
Previously, Texas school districts were required to set aside 20% of the total Federal Title 1 received to provide SES tutoring at schools in Stage I School Improvement or higher. TEA’s approved waiver eliminates this requirement.
In 2013-2014, AISD will not be required to set aside 20% of their Title I federal dollars to provide SES tutoring.
For additional information, please contact Susan Patterson at (512) 414-6389 and see: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/eseaflex/secretary-letters/txapprovalltr.html.
Supplemental Educational ServicesState and Federal Accountability
1111 W. 6th St. C-230
Austin, TX 78703