High School Allotment
The High School Allotment (HSA) program was created by the Texas Legislature in 2006 to:
- Prepare underachieving students to enter institutions of higher education
- encourage students to pursue advanced academic opportunities
- provide opportunities for students to take academically rigorous courses
- align secondary and postsecondary curriculum and expectations
- support other promising high school completion and success initiatives in Grades 6-12 approved by the commissioner of education
Funding amounts are based on the amount of $275 for each student in average daily attendance in grades 9 through 12. Estimated allotment payment reports are available through the School District State Aid Reports.
Goals of the High School Allotment?
Allotment funds may be used to support district-wide programs or allocated by district to specific campuses that serve middle school or high school students. The district will use strategies with evidence of effectiveness to:
- Prepare students who traditionally have not gone on to higher education for college- and university-level work
- Encourage all students to take advanced academic course work that leads to college credit
- Increase the rigor of academic course work for all students
- Align secondary and postsecondary curriculum and expectations
- Support promising high school completion and success initiatives in grades 6 through 12
Allowable Uses of HSA Funds
Districts may use funds for campus-level or district-wide initiatives for students in grades 6-12. Allowable uses include:
- Professional development for teachers providing instruction in advanced academic courses such as Advanced Placement (AP);
- hiring of additional teachers to allow for smaller class sizes in critical content areas;
- fees for students taking dual credit classes and ACT/SAT tests;
- academic support, such as AVID and AP strategies, to support at-risk students in challenging courses;
- credit recovery programs; and
- activities supporting college readiness and awareness, including transportation for college visits.
At an open meeting of the board of trustees, each school district must establish annual performance goals for programs, activities, and strategies implemented with high school allotment funds related to the following performance indicators:
- percentage of students graduating from high school;
- enrollment in advanced courses, including College Board advanced placement courses, International Baccalaureate courses, and dual or college credit courses;
- percentage of students successfully graduating on the Recommended High School Program or Distinguished Achievement Program described in Chapter 74, Subchapter E, of this title (relating to Graduation Requirements, Beginning with School Year 2004-2005) or Chapter 74, Subchapter F, of this title (relating to Graduation Requirements, Beginning with School Year 2007-2008);
- percentage of students who achieve the higher education readiness component qualifying scores on the English language arts section of the exit-level State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®); and
- percentage of students who achieve the higher education readiness component qualifying scores on the mathematics section of the exit-level STAAR.
Annually, the board of trustees of each school district must review its progress in relation to the performance indicators specified in subsection (a) of this section. Progress should be assessed based on information that is disaggregated with respect to race, ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status.
Each school district must ensure that decisions about the continuation or establishment of programs, activities, and strategies implemented with high school allotment funds are based on:
- State assessment results and other student performance data;
- standards for success and cost-effectiveness as established by the commissioner of education under the Texas Education Code (TEC), §39.233(a)(1); and
- guidance for improving high school completion and success and college readiness programs as established by the commissioner under the TEC, §39.233(a)(2).