Title I SIP Funding for Continuation of College Readiness Models

Title I SIP Funding
Continuation of
College Readiness
Everyone Can Learn by Rita Yeung
Garland High School, Garland ISD
2007-08 Texas PTA Reflections art exhibit
What are the three college Readiness
• Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
(T-STEM) academy
• Early College High School (ECHS)
• College for All campus (CFA)
T-STEM Academy model
T-STEM academies are rigorous secondary schools
focused on improving instruction and academic
performance in the STEM areas and increasing the number
of students who study and enter STEM careers. T-STEM
academies are demonstration schools and learning labs
that develop innovative methods to improve science and
mathematics instruction.
ECHS model
• ECHSs are autonomous, small schools designed to create a
seamless transition between high school and college.
ECHSs provide a course of study that enables students to
receive both a high school diploma and either an
associate’s degree or at least 60 credit hours toward a
baccalaureate degree. Strong collaborative partnerships
between schools and the IHE are developed to ensure the
ECHS design elements are met.
CFA Model
• CFA model infuses college-ready reforms into a campus to enable
every student to graduate with a minimum of 12 college-level
credits and prepared to earn a post-secondary credential or
degree. Design elements/strategies for this model include :
1) comprehensive district approach;
2) college-ready curriculum and instruction program;
3) strong P-16 partnerships;
4) comprehensive academic and social supports;
4) intensive summer academy for rising ninth graders including
administration of a Texas Success Initiative assessment to determine
level of readiness for college-level courses; and
– 6) college-going culture.
Campuses eligible for the incentive
• Any SIP campus that either:
– Is fully or provisionally designated by TEA as a T-STEM Academy or
as an ECHS; OR
– Has been awarded a TTIPS grant to implement one of the three
Description of Incentive
• Funds are available to implement or strengthen any of the following
design activities
For T-STEM academies, those activities listed in the T-STEM Blueprint
– For ECHS, those activities listed in the ECHS Design document
– For CFA, those activities listed in the Hidalgo case study
• http://www.jff.org/sites/default/files/college_success_for_all.pdf
Benefits of Selecting Incentive
• Enables a campus to accelerate or deepen the model’s
• Enables a campus to engage additional coaching resources
• Enables a campus to hire staff, purchase materials, or
provide student supports - such as tutoring, - needed to
implement the model
Commitments and requirements of selecting
the incentive
• Must use funds specifically to implement the model in
compliance with implementation documents listed in slide
entitled “Description of incentive”
Considerations and interest in selecting the
• This incentive is not for schools interested in beginning
implementation of one of the models, but rather for those
that have already begun implementation
• Implementation of these models is a multi-year process of
at least five years. Consequently, those selecting this
incentive should be interested in a long-term commitment
to the model
• Campuses selecting this model may wish to consult the
T-STEM or ECHS coach currently assigned to the campus for
ideas on how best to use the funds
Contact person for the incentive
• For T-STEM model, contact Stacy Avery at TEA
[email protected] or 512-463-2811
• For ECHS model, contact Laura Gaines at TEA
[email protected] or 512-463-7746
• For CFA model, contact Jan Lindsey at TEA
[email protected] or 512-936-2283
Texas Education Agency
1701 N. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701

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