What are dropout recovery schools (DRS)?
Beginning in 2022, all campuses evaluated under alternative education accountability (AEA) will be identified as dropout recovery schools (DRS). Dropout recovery schools are identified by two methods. First, alternative education campuses 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 1, 2021, as reported for the fall semester TSDS PEIMS submission. Campuses that meet all other AEA criteria, but do not meet the age criterion for DRS, may apply for DRS designation. Districts may submit an application and supporting documentation via TEA Login (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. The AEA registration window closed in TEAL on April 8, 2022. The next registration window will open April 2023.
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.