What are dropout recovery schools (DRS)?
As of 2022, all campuses evaluated under alternative education accountability (AEA) will be identified as dropout recovery schools (DRS). Dropout recovery schools (DRS) are identified by two methods. First, AECs that meet the statutory DRS definition found in TEC §39.0548 are identified and preregistered for AEA. These campuses provide education services targeted to dropout prevention and recovery of students in grades 9–12, with
enrollment consisting of at least 60 percent of the students 16 years of age or older as of September 1st as reported for the fall semester TSDS PEIMS submission. Campuses that meet the AEA criteria listed below, but do not meet the age criterion for DRS, may apply for DRS designation. Districts may submit an application and supporting documentation via TEAL Accountability presenting how the campus is providing dropout prevention and/or recovery services. If the agency approves the application, these campuses receive a discretionary DRS designation and are registered for AEA.
As a reminder, residential treatment facilities (RTFs) are not rated under accountability regardless of AEA registration status. New RTFs do not need to register for AEA in order to be labeled Not Rated. RTFs that previously registered will continue to appear on the AEA list as long as they continue to meet the criteria.
DAEPs, JJAEPs, and stand-alone Texas high school equivalency certificate (TxCHSE) programs are ineligible for evaluation by AEA provisions. Data for these campuses are attributed to the home campus.
For more information refer to Chapter 7 of 2023 Accountability Manual